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“National savings still not enough for true convergence” - 10/15/2012 - Brigitte Challiol

MEDITERRANEAN COUNTRIES. Crisis did not spared Southern Mediterranean countries. They must now meet the dual challenge of solving the unemployment and finance their upgrades while favouring cost-effectiveness to political wishes.

Health and education attract foreign investors to the Mena countries over the long term - 10/15/2012 - Marie-Pierre Vega

Does the social development of the population influence economic performance? A study by Femise, funded by the European Union, sheds light upon the relationship between individual freedoms, degree of openness and foreign direct investments in countries in the Mena region (Middle East and North Africa). The openness of a country...

Institutional quality is the key to the level of domestic and foreign investment - 10/15/2012 - Marie-Pierre Vega

International investors tend to favour countries where local investment is already high, a Femise study demonstrates. However, in the countries south of the Mediterranean, internal investment remains low. The explanation can be found in terms of institutional quality.

Moroccan SMEs plagued by opaque credit access - 10/15/2012 - Nathalie Bureau du Colombier

Morocco has made a successful transition to a free-market economy by entering into increasing numbers of trade agreements in recent years. However, its SMEs are penalised by inequality in terms of taxes and credit access. Researchers have just established a direct link between these access problems and the productivity of SMEs, in a report submitted to Femise in July 2010.

Liberalisation of services in Poland and Turkey: Discrimination remains - 10/09/2012 - Nathalie Bureau du Colombier

More complex than the liberalisation of goods, the liberalisation of services involves the reduction of regulatory barriers to market access and national treatment. Researchers have shed light on the difficulties of the liberalisation of services in a Femise report (FEM32-02). The case study focuses on five services in Poland and Turkey.

Domestic investment must be the driving belt of FDI - 10/09/2012 - Nathalie Bureau du Colombier

The more domestic investment there is in a country, the more foreign investors are encouraged to count on these countries. This is one theory that has been confirmed in Mediterranean countries in the South, according to researchers from FEMISE.

The doctors of the Middle East, of the Maghreb region and of Eastern Europe are emigrating to Europe - 10/09/2012 - Nathalie Bureau du Colombier

Syrians, Lebanese, Moroccans, Romanians...who are these doctors who decide to pack up and go and practise in Europe? What is it that motivates them? How can the countries witnessing this brain drain take advantage of this expatriation? The Euro-Mediterranean Forum of Institutes of Economic Sciences (FEMISE) provides answers to...

Morocco, Tunisia: Higher professions profit most from market liberalisation - 09/29/2010 - Nathalie Bureau du colombier

A new FEMISE report published in September 2010 puts back into question the link between market liberalisation and labour market development by studying the case of Morocco and Tunisia.
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