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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Dr. Razzaq Othman Mustafa

Research Fellow

Dr. Razzaq Othman Mustafa is the head of the Board of Industrial Zones in Ministry of Trade and Industry/ KRG and a University economic lecturer. He earned his M.Sc degree in Economics from Salahadin-Erbil University and received his PhD in Economics (Industrial Strategy) from EHESS-Paris/ France. Dr. Razzaq served as General Director of Planning & Follow up in Ministry of Trade and Industry/ KRG. His published works include The Principles of Microeconomics textbook (LFU Press) and The Industrial Economic Environment in Kurdistan Region. He has also edited a wide range of researches and reports and published articles on openness, industrial privatization, globalization, the industrial economy, and economic development.

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