Additional Panel with extended deadline for contributions

Additional Panel

We are happy to announce that Dr. Sabine Hofmann and Dr. Markus Loewe of the DAVO Economics  Working Group will also host a panel at the 2016 international DAVO Congress. For this panel the deadline for contributions has been extended until July 10.

Get more information below or visit our Panels Section.

It’s the economy, isn’t it??

More than five years ago, a wave of protests has rolled over the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Demonstrators called for better living conditions, freedom and social justice. Since then, a lot has changed in many Arab countries– but by far not all for the better. Some countries (e.g. Syria, Libya and Yemen) have fallen into civil wars, others (e.g. Jordan and Morocco) have implemented parametric political reforms, and others again (e.g. Egypt) have gone through an authoritarian restoration. Just Tunisia seems to be on a way towards democracy. In any case, all states are very fragile because their governments lack legitimacy. The situation will only remain calm if policy makers deliver on the socio-economic front. Their economic and social policy course is more important than ever for the future of the MENA region. Other MENA countries, however, such as Israel have gone through a process of stable economic growth and innovation but also tremendous socio-economic differentiation Sand rising income inequality.

Papers presented at the panel “It’s the economy, isn’t it??” will therefore

(i) look at the economic and social policies that MENA governments are currently implementing,

(ii) analyze which groups and actors are actually benefiting from these policies (governments, the elites, influential social groups or the population at large) and

(iii) describe what economic and social policies should look like in order to have the best possible effect on economic growth, human development, social cohesion and political stability.

With a pluralistic approach in economics, we welcome presentations dealing with topics from various fields of economy. Beyond that, the trans-disciplinary panel is open for economy related questions in the broader sense.

This panel is organized by members of the Economics Working Group within DAVO. Contributions to this panel can be in German or English. If you want to contribute to “It’s the economy, isn’t it??” please send you abstract (300 Words) to the organizers of the panel. (

The deadline for abstracts is 10 July 2016

Please note that additionally to sending your abstracts you also need to register your participation in the conference with the DAVO – Congress Organizers. Please head to our Registration section for more information.