Parallel session
Inequality in MENA countries

Parallel 3.4 | Room 4: Wednesday, 5 October 2022, 16:00-17:30 (UTC-5)

This session is organized jointly with the Economic Research Forum (ERF). The papers are an overview of inequality in the MENA region in different dimensions. Vertical inequality in money-metric outcomes, gender inequality, inequality of opportunity, and inequality in health are discussed in the papers. 


16:00-17:30 (UTC-5)

Rana Hendy | Chair and presenter

Inequality of Opportunity in MENA

Rana Hendy is an assistant professor of economics and public policy and the Program Director of the Master in Public Policy Program at the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at The American University in Cairo. Hendy is also a research fellow at the Economic Research Forum in Cairo. Hendy received her doctorate in labor and development economics from the Paris School of Economics in 2011.

Vladimir Hlasny | Presenter

Greater concentration and relative erosion of wealth in the Arab region: the legacy of COVID-19?

Vladimir Hlasny is an economic affairs officer with the poverty and inequality research team at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia in Beirut. Prior to joining ESCWA, he served for 13 years as an associate professor of Economics at Ewha Womans University in Seoul. He conducts research in labor and welfare economics, particularly in relation to Asia and the Middle East. He holds an Economics doctorate from Michigan State University.

Paul Makdissi | Presenter

Gender stratification, social class at birth, and inequality of opportunity in Egypt
(co-author: Myra Yazbeck)

Paul Makdissi is a professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Ottawa. He is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Inequality. Previously he has held positions at the Université de Sherbrooke (Canada) and at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands). His main areas of research are socioeconomic health inequality measurement, the distributive impact of taxation and public pricing, and income inequality measurement. He is the president of the Association for Social Economics for 2022. He was the president of the Société canadienne de science économique (the French Canadian economics association) for the 2021-2022 academic year. From 2017 to 2019, he was the thematic leader for the Equity and Inclusive Growth research theme for the Economic Research Forum for the Arab Countries, Iran and Turkey. He has also been a consultant for many federal and provincial ministries and agencies in Canada, the World Bank, and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.