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Title:The Omani and Bahraini paths to development: Rare and contrasting oil-based economic success stories PDF Logo
Authors:Looney, Robert
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:Research paper / UNU-WIDER 2009.38
Abstract:Oman and Bahrain are Middle Eastern success stories. There are some key similarities. Both have followed pragmatic development strategies built on a stable foundation of strengthened governance structures and enhanced economic liberalization. These improvements occurred in somewhat different settings, with Oman developing in a more authoritarian environment, whereas Bahrain enjoyed greater democracy but somewhat less stability. While both countries have relied on oil revenues to support their development efforts, it appears that, in contrast to their less successful oil producing neighbours, each country had just enough oil to do some good, but not enough to do serious damage.
Middle East
economic development
economic growth
development strategies
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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