The Palestinian Labor Market between the Gulf War and Autonomy
Posted: 13 Jan 1999
Date Written: May 1998
The early 1990s were an eventful time in the Middle East. Key events include the Gulf War, the Madrid peace conference, and the introduction of Palestinian autonomy in all of the Gaza Strip and in most West Bank population centers. This period also provides the last chance to look at economic conditions in the territories through the lens of the long-running Israeli survey program, which ended with the transfer of civil authority to the Palestinians. I use the Israeli survey data to describe labor market conditions in the territories on the eve of autonomy. Special attention is given to the impact of changing employment opportunities for Palestinians in Israel and to the situation of Palestinian refugees. Policy implications of the findings are discussed.
JEL Classification: J22, J23
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