Education, training and skill development policies in Arab Gulf countries: Macro-micro overview

Samia S. O. M. Nour


This paper uses a combination of secondary and primary data to provide a more comprehensive analysis of education, training and skill development policies in the Gulf countries. Different from earlier studies an interesting element in our analysis is that we discuss both the supply and demand sides of educational policies in the Gulf countries. A novel element in our study is that we present and compare the macro and micro views/perspectives concerning plans and policies implemented to improve skill upgrading through: enhancing educational system, provision of training, transfer of knowledge/external schooling effect, using the macro and firm surveys (2002) data.

Keywords: Education, training, skill, skill upgrading policies, Gulf countries

JEL classification: H52, I20, I21, I24, I28, M53, O15

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