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Title The quest for subsidy reforms in the Middle East and North Africa Region : a microsimulation approach to policy making / edited by Paolo Verme, Abdlekrim Araar
Imprint Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer, 2017
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Descript 1 online resource (xliii, 325 pages) : illustrations, digital ; 24 cm
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Series Natural resource management and policy, 0929-127X ; volume 42
Natural resource management and policy ; volume 42
Note Part I Cross-Country Analyses -- 1. Subsidy Reforms in the Middle East and North Africa Region: What Have We learned? -- 2. A Comparative Analysis of Subsidies and Subsidy Reforms in the Middle East and North Africa Region -- Part II Country Case Studies -- 3. An Evaluation of the 2014 Subsidy Reforms in Morocco and a Simulation of Further Reforms -- 4. The Socioeconomic Impacts of Energy Reform in Tunisia: A Simulation Approach -- 5. The Quest for Subsidy Reforms in Libya -- 7. Energy Subsidies Reform in Jordan: Welfare Implications of Different Scenarios -- 8. Energy Subsidies Reform in the Republic of Yemen: Estimating Gains and Losses -- 9. Djibouti: Subsidies, Tax Exemptions and Welfare -- 10. Consumer Subsidies in the Islamic Republic of Iran: Simulations of Further Reforms -- Appendix A. SUBSIM: A User Guide
This book is an analysis of energy and food subsidies in the MENA region between 2010 and 2014. Using the World Bank's proprietary SUBSIM model, the book studies the distribution of subsidies and the simulation of subsidy reforms across eight countries within in a partial equilibrium framework. The distributional analysis of subsidies provides information on who benefits from existing subsidies, while the simulations of subsidy reforms provide information on the outcomes of the reforms in terms of government budget, household welfare, poverty, inequality, and the trade-offs between these outcomes. This focus provides governments with the essential information they need to make decisions on subsidy reforms and consumers with a clear sense of which programs and reforms are successful. The book highlights the historical roots of subsidies, the real trigger of subsidy reforms, and the complexity of subsidy reforms. It discusses the pros and cons of radical and gradualist approaches to reforms, the use of compensation mechanisms and their implications, the advantages and disadvantages of public information campaigns, the political economy of targeting different economic populations, the political timing of reforms, and whether, overall, the reforms observed in the MENA region have been successful. The first book on subsidies in the MENA region that is based on primary micro data, this book is useful for researchers and graduate students studying political economy and working with microsimulation modelling instruments as well as government officials engaged in subsidies reforms, research institutes and private consulting groups advising governments on subsidy reforms
Host Item Springer eBooks
Subject Subsidies -- Africa, North
Subsidies -- Middle East
Economic Policy
Environmental Economics
Agricultural Economics
Political Economy
Alt Author Verme, Paolo, editor
Araar, Abdlekrim, editor
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