At the beginning of 2008 crude prices are at record highs creating immense wealth for oil-exporting nations in the Middle East. Yet the Arab economies also face what economists call ”a demographic bulge of a fast-growing labor force” -- and the challenge of creating enough jobs for the population. This is happening at a time when the arrival of China and India is raising the competitive stakes for other emerging economies that want to make their mark on the global economic stage. How are the Arab economies dealing with these challenges? Howard Pack a professor of business and public policy at Wharton and Marcus Noland a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics address these issues in a book titled The Arab Economies in a Changing World. Knowledge at Wharton recently spoke with Pack about his book.
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