Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

3-2012

Abstract

What underlying long-term conditions set the stage for the Arab Spring? In recent decades, the Arab region has been characterized by an expansion in schooling coupled with weak labor market conditions. This pattern is especially pronounced in those countries that saw significant upheaval during the first year of the Arab Spring uprisings. We argue that the lack of adequate economic opportunities for an increasingly educated populace can help us understand episodes of regime instability such as the Arab Spring.

Discipline

International Economics

Research Areas

International Economics

Publication

Journal of Economic Perspectives

Volume

26

Issue

2

First Page

167

Last Page

188

ISSN

1307-1637

Identifier

10.1257/jep.26.2.167

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1257/jep.26.2.167

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