As the people of the Kurdistan Region prepare to head to the polls on September 25, 2017, in a historical referendum on Kurdistan's independence, we compare the economies of Iraq with other nations and ask, “What economic structure would a sovereign Kurdistan take?"Read More
This is not a political opinion, but an economic point of view. Some people in the Kurdistan Region oppose the proposed referendum for independence just because it's adopted by a certain party, while others argue that this isn't the right time for a serious step like that as the Region is suffering from severe economic crisis.Read More
Kaufmann et al (1999) defined "governance as the traditions and institutions that determine how authority is exercised in a country." Based on available literature including thoughts of neo-institutional scholars including, Douglass North and MancurOlsan, a positive relationship between the quality of institutions, governance structures, and economic growth is found.Read More
Senior Development Advisor
Ms. Barbara Ebel is the Regional Labor Exchange Administrator for the Montgomery & Prince George’s Counties America Job Centers, Maryland. Barbara brings two decades of experience in community outreach, coalition building, and workforce development. She has been a keynote speaker across the United States and internationally in presenting topics such as workforce development, trade, diversity & disabilities awareness, and other labor-related topics. Her passion and expertise has earned her the Champion Achiever Award from the Maryland Secretary of Labor, & Regulation and an Award of Appreciation from the International Association of Workforce Professionals for outstanding performance as Chair of the International Development Committee. Barbara is also Co-Founder of Voice Engaging Latinos for Action and Executive Board member of Per Scholas Capital Region, Chimes International, Prince George’s Workforce Development Board and Ana Mendez University. Barbara holds a B.A. in Social Science from the University of Maryland.