Explaining Poverty in the Middle East: The Economics and Politics of Solidarity

Spring 2022

This conference is closed to the public.

The starting point of the workshop centers on the observation that levels of extreme poverty in the Middle East and North Africa are an order of magnitude lower than in any other developing region. The workshop has two main analytical goals: First, we aim to interrogate the quality of the data, asking whether the MENA poverty gap is indeed credible. Second, if the data are indeed reliable—at least in relative terms: what explains the lower average poverty rate in the Middle East in comparison with other developing regions?

Cosponsored by the Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University.

Note: This conference was originally scheduled for April 23, 2021, but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

See also: Conferences, 2022


Steven Heydemann

Janet Wright Ketcham 1953 Professor in Middle East Studies; Director of Program in Middle East Studies, Smith College.