Improving the Representation and Status of Women in Senior Public Sector Jobs in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
The Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS), at the instigation of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, has conducted a study on women in high-ranking positions in the public sector in Palestine. The objectives of the study were to examine the status of women in senior positions in government institutions and discover whether there was any discrimination against them in any aspect of employment, including hiring, performance evaluation, promotion and remuneration.
 
The Economics of Agriculture in the Qalqilya and Tulkarem Districts
This study was commissioned by GVC – Gruppo di Volontariato Civile and carried out by the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS) as part of an EC-funded project aimed at improving the economic and social conditions of Palestinian rural villages in the Tulkarem and Qalqilya districts by increasing agricultural productivity and profitability and enhancing food security.
 
The Impact of Macroeconomic Policy Options On the Labour Market in the Gaza Strip: Econometric Model Simulation Finding
This study is one of the few ever to analyse and simulate macroeconomic polices in the Gaza Strip alone. Given the special circumstances of Gaza, it attempted to comprehend the effect of macroeconomic policies on the labour market by means of an econometric model that was specially developed for the Gaza Strip by MAS. The model consists of three main groups: the first group includes nine behavioural equations; four are related to labour demand in the four main economic sectors and one deals with labour in Israel.
 
The Palestinian National Authority's Role in Maximising the Benefits of International Trade Agreements
Economists and other experts in the field agree unanimously that the expansion and diversification of foreign trade is one of the issues at the top of the development agenda. There is a deep-rooted and well-founded belief that the growth of the Palestinian economy and its progress towards sustainable development will ultimately depend on the value of its external trade. For this reason the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS) gives high priority to the study of this issue.
 
Towards A Palestinian Development Vision
This paper is intended to further stimulate thedebate on the vision for the development of the Palestinian economy. It examines the identity of the Palestinian economy and its desired structure, looks the role that should be played by the various development partners, and explores the nature of the relationships that connect Palestine with its Arab neighbours and the rest of the international community. The Palestinian National Authority, the private sector and NGOs need to cooperate to come up with answers about the optimal direction of long-term development.
 
Assessing the Legal Framework of the Palestinian Standards and Measures, and its Compliance with the WTO Requirements
This study aims to review the Palestinian Specifications and Measures Law No. 6 (2000) along with its amendments, regulations and instructions. In addition, it aims to analyze the law’s strengths and weaknesses, to draft amendment proposals to enhance its legal framework and to deal with its predicaments in a manner that fits within the related Palestinian laws and also conforms to the current international standards and trends, while also complying to the general framework of the Palestinian Standards Institution’s (PSI) new strategy for the years 2010-2013.
 
Improving Palestinian Investment Legislation to the Advantage of SMEs
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) constitute 95% of the existing economic institutions in Palestine, and are the largest employers. The Palestinian National Authority became aware of the importance of such projects in economic development, so they started various studies on how to support and encourage SMEs.
 
Basic School and Social Capital: Case Studies in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
The research is based on the hypothesis that schools are not merely a place to teach, and are not only meant to provide students with educationalcultural capital (regardless of the quality of this capital). Instead, due to their spread all over the West Bank and Gaza, they are qualified institutions which contribute to creating social capital in addition to educational cultural capital.
 
Evaluating the Level of Adherence to the Palestinian Labor Law
This study aims at assessing the level of compliance with the Labor Law No. 7 of the year 2000. The labor law is considered crucial because of its long term influence on both society and economy. It should provide a work environment of balanced cooperation between all partners of production. It should also foster a competitive environment in the job market and thus assure the rational distribution of resources and the stimulation of productivity.

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