09 May 2012

The Arab Spring: Too much education and not enough jobs

Its always nice to have your priors confirmed by some systematic data. Here is Campante and Chor in the Journal of Economic Perspectives with a nice chart showing that Arab countries do generally have higher than average unemployment and more recent growth in education than other countries.

They also find some evidence (correlation is not causation etc) that it is the interaction between unemployment and schooling that has led to political change, and not either by them self.  

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