Economic Transition in the Arab world: Challenges and Opportunities

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Host: Department of Economics, LSE
Location: LSE campus (venue tbc to ticketholders), Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE
Speaker: David Lipton

Almost two years after the start of the so-called "Arab Spring", the countries concerned are facing significant economic  challenges, against the backdrop of a difficult global environment. While much attention is rightly being paid to near term economic stabilization, there is an historic opportunity for structural changes that would liberate economic forces, and allow these economies to generate the growth needed for increasing income and employment opportunities. Notwithstanding their own difficulties, advanced economies must help.

David Lipton was appointed First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund on September 1, 2011.

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