The International Court of Justice and the Annexation Wall: Replacing Politics With Law
This paper, released the day that the International Court of Justice began its hearings for the Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, provides a legal analysis of the Annexation Wall under international human rights and humanitarian law. It addresses the impact of the Wall on such legal issues as the prohibition of property destruction; freedom of movement; the rights to work, health, education and self-determination
Studies on Social Capital In the Palestinian Territories
This paper will explore how social capital applies to the Palestinian Territories and will identify the main guises in which it manifests; namely ‘bonding’ social capital and ‘bridging’ social capital. The former manifestation relates to ‘strong ties‘ between people who share similar characteristics; this level of connection occurs within families and small circles of close friends who share similar experiences and information resulting in strong, close knit networks.
Agricultural Insurance in Palestine: Current Conditions and Recommendations for Future Policy
This study investigates key aspects of the agricultural production system and proposes an insurance system to fit the Palestinian case. The subjects covered are broadly divided into three. Each section is called a ‘map’.
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.