Natural Resource Management and Policy

The Quest for Subsidy Reforms in the Middle East and North Africa Region

A Microsimulation Approach to Policy Making

Editors: Verme, Paolo, Araar, Abdlekrim (Eds.)

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  • Presents a comparative analysis of subsidies and subsidy reforms in the Middle East and North Africa region
  • Analyzes the impacts of subsidy reforms by utilizing data from country case studies
  • Studies the results of these case studies in a  way that paves the way for sustainable reforms that can be implemented in several countries in the region
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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.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Subsidy Reforms in the Middle East and North Africa Region: A Review

    Pages 3-31

    Verme, Paolo

  • A Comparative Analysis of Subsidies and Subsidy Reforms in the Middle East and North Africa Region

    Pages 33-60

    Araar, Abdelkrim (et al.)

  • An Evaluation of the 2014 Subsidy Reforms in Morocco and a Simulation of Further Reforms

    Pages 63-90

    Verme, Paolo (et al.)

  • The Socioeconomic Impacts of Energy Reform in Tunisia: A Simulation Approach

    Pages 91-117

    Cuesta, Jose (et al.)

  • The Quest for Subsidy Reforms in Libya

    Pages 119-156

    Araar, Abdelkrim (et al.)

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eBook $129.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-52926-4
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  • Bulk discounts available
Hardcover $169.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Quest for Subsidy Reforms in the Middle East and North Africa Region
Book Subtitle
A Microsimulation Approach to Policy Making
Editors
  • Paolo Verme
  • Abdlekrim Araar
Series Title
Natural Resource Management and Policy
Series Volume
42
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-52926-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-52926-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-52925-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85017-7
Series ISSN
0929-127X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XLIII, 325
Number of Illustrations
90 b/w illustrations
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