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Arab Gulf states: an assessment of nationalisation policies

European University Institute Migration Policy Centre Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Gulf Research Centre (2014) Arab Gulf states: an assessment of nationalisation policies. GLMM Research Paper (1). Gulf Labour Markets and Migration Programme, Badia Fiesolana, Italy.

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Gaps in labour rights and labour prices between nationals and migrant workers are the main causes explaining the low participation of GCC citizens in the region’s private labour markets. Past policies of “Gulfization” have not directly addressed these structural constraints but have rather attempted to impose higher nationalization quotas by fiat, with limited success. More recently, some of the Gulf governments have started to use taxes and subsidies to try to narrow the labour price gap; at the same time, some have improved the labour mobility rights of foreigners. This paper provides a preliminary assessment of these “second generation” policies. It concludes with general observations on how the rights and price gaps could be closed more systematically and on the broader distributional reforms this might entail.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
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Additional Information: © 2014 European University Institute (EUI)and Gulf Research Center (GRC)
Divisions: Government
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2014 08:05
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2024 03:25

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