Department of Economics Spring 2021 Brown Bag Series

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Date(s) - 02/22/2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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The Brown Bag Seminar Series offers current ECON graduate students the opportunity to present ongoing research or to workshop new ideas. The seminars are held on Mondays from 12:00-1:00pm and will be held over Zoom for the fall semester.

For more information on the series or specific seminars, please contact Elene Murvanidze at

Ph.D. graduate student Fatih Kirsanli will be presenting on Monday, February 22nd from 12:00-1:00 pm. He will be presenting his paper: How does the Arab Spring affect the impact of corruption on economic growth in the MENA?

Abstract: The Arab Spring protests and unrests which started in Tunisia a decade ago by aiming social and economic justice, human rights, and dignity, have not turned out to have the desired effects on the economies of the Middle Eastern and North African countries. This study examines the effects of Arab movements on the impact of corruption on economic growth. The robust results show that the impact of corruption on economic growth is relatively more negative after the Arab Spring, which supports the sands the wheel hypothesis of corruption theory. After taking the variation of the magnitude of the impact of the Arab Spring into consideration, the results of the several sub-sample regressions do not reach to significance brought attention to the issues of the smaller number of observations. Overall, the results of the regressions illustrate the negative impacts of corruption on economic growth.