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Title: The United Arab Emirates labour market : an evaluation and simulation of alternative policies
Author: Al-Sharif, Zain Hasan
ISNI:       0000 0001 3408 8619
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2007
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In this study, we assess the labour market policy of the United Arab Emirates.  We evaluate the existing policy by contrasting the outcomes under this policy to those under two alternative policy scenarios.  The alternative scenarios reflect first a change in the relative pay of Emiratis and migrant labour.  The second scenario comprises a restriction on migration against a background of moderate Emirati population growth.  The simulations are undertaken using Computable General Equilibrium Models with GAMS, and represent a development of models applied to other Gulf States.  This is the first application of such a model to the UAE’s labour market. The outcomes of both these alternative scenarios are shown to be superior to existing policy.  The growth of the economy and of the Emirati labour force is higher, unemployment rate is lower and the Emiratis share in the total employment levels is greater than under existing policy.  There is also a more balanced Emiratis employment distribution by sectors. Data from the period 1970s to 1990s are used to detail the structure of the UAE economy.  The base year for the simulation is 2000.  Outcomes are structured over the period 2001-2005.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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