Title: Extent of globalisation in MENA countries: an empirical analysis

Authors: Naeem Muhammad, Gwendolyn Rodrigues, Cedwyn Fernandes

Addresses: University of Wollongong in Dubai, P.O. Box 20183, Dubai, UAE. ' University of Wollongong in Dubai, P.O. Box 20183, Dubai, UAE. ' University of Wollongong in Dubai, P.O. Box 20183, Dubai, UAE

Abstract: This paper estimates the extent of globalisation for the Middle East and North African (MENA) countries using the Kearney/foreign policy approach for the period 1995-2005. This index is composed of four components: economic integration, technology, personal contact and political engagement and it is used to identify the extent of globalisation of MENA countries and to show how globalisation has evolved over time in these countries. UAE, Bahrain and Malta are ranked as the three most globalised countries in the MENA region while Algeria, Libya and Djibouti are among the lowest. As far as the sources of globalisation is concerned the technology and the economic integration play a key role in the globalisation process in the region followed by personal contacts while the political engagement exhibits negligible role. Our results also show a strong positive association between globalisation and economic growth for the MENA countries.

Keywords: economic growth; economic integration; globalisation; Kearney index; MENA countries; Middle East and North African countries; foreign policy; personal contacts; political engagement; technology.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBG.2010.030664

International Journal of Business and Globalisation, 2010 Vol.4 No.2, pp.95 - 109

Published online: 30 Dec 2009 *

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