• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy and the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences / ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International and Developmental Economics
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies, Economics, International Business, Middle East Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Anas Iqtait
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    See Future Offerings

This course provides a comparative analysis of the economic development of Middle Eastern economies. The course deals primarily with the determinants of each country's economic development and the roles of historical, cultural, institutional, social, and political factors. The main focus will be identifying and comparing the relative importance of those factors that appear to have hindered or promoted economic development in each of the studied economies. Among the main themes to be explored are the roles of natural resource rents and state-led development, historical and institutional influences affecting economic growth, industrialisation efforts, foreign influence, conflicts, and intra-regional trade and investments. Analytical emphasis will be on identifying and comparing long-run determinants of each country's success (or lack of it) in achieving economic development. The knowledge gained from this course will facilitate successful employment in the private or public sector in economics, finance, trade, and investment in the Middle East.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate a rigorous, analytically informed understanding of Middle Eastern economies.
  2. Understand and contextualise key historical and contemporary factors affecting the economic performance of Middle Eastern economies.
  3. Comparatively assess and study the economic policies and structures of Middle Eastern economies.
  4. Display in-depth knowledge of the economic challenges faced by countries in the Middle East and assess the economic prospects of these countries in the short to medium runs.
  5. Discuss and analyse key topics relating to Middle Eastern economies.

Other Information

Required readings will be posted on Wattle. These will include journal articles, book chapters, working papers, and policy publications. Each week will also include a list of recommended readings.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Response paper 1 (750 words) (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Individual presentation (Including a 1,000-word summary report) (30) [LO 1,2,5]
  3. Response paper 2 (750 words) (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Seminar participation  (10) [LO 1,4,5]
  5. Research report (2,500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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The standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including class time and independent study.

Inherent Requirements


Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Rauch, J.E., 2019. The Economics of the Middle East: A Comparative Approach. Oxford University Press, United States.

Hakimian, H. ed., 2021. The Routledge Handbook on the Middle East Economy. Routledge.

Noland, M. and Pack, H., 2007. The Arab Economies in a Changing World. Peterson Institute.

Naufal, G. and Genc, I., 2012. Expats and the Labor Force: The Story of the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries. Springer.

Aysan, A.F., Babacan, M., Gur, N. and Karahan, H. eds., 2018. Turkish Economy: Between Middle Income Trap and High Income Status. Springer.

Alizadeh, P. and Hakimian, H., 2013. Iran and the Global Economy. London and New York: Routledge Publishers.

Assumed Knowledge

This course is designed to be accessible to students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. Understanding of introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics concepts is helpful.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

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Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
2024 $4680 Standard Rate
2024 $3720 Grandfathered Rate*

*continuing students in nominated programs only. See fee website

International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3940 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View
3941 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 Online View

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