Kurdistan’s Road to Independence: Building a New Economic Structure

By Tara Shwan

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?"

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Kurdistan’s Independence Referendum from an Economic Point of View

By Tara Shwan

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.

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Good Governance of Natural Resources for Economic Growth

By Paiman Ramazan Ahmad

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.

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Goran Mustafa Muhamad

Research Fellow

Mr. Goran Mustafa Muhamad is an economics writer, analyst, and frequent media commentator on the economy of the Kurdistan Region. He founded and managed the Economic Desk at Rudaw Media Network and operated the first Kurdish Economic Channel (Net Tv). His research and analysis has been published in various newspapers and magazines, including Twejenawa and Hallbjardn. His major expertise is economic development, political economy, the oil and gas sector, post-conflict aid, and private sector development. Goran received a BSc in Economics from the University of Salahaddin, in Erbil, Iraq and a MSc in Applied Economics from the University of Nottingham, U.K.

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