Omar Al-Ubaydli
Omar Al-Ubaydli

Omar Al-Ubaydli is a researcher at Derasat, Bahrain. He tweets @omareconomics.

Corporate greed isn’t causing inflation

It might be comforting to think that the rising price inflation is caused by corporate greed. However, when senior politicians, including the president of the US himself advance such nonsense due to...

Expanding the scope of the JCPOA might serve Iran’s best interests

US negotiators have been keen to expand the scope of the Iranian nuclear deal (JCPOA) to include activities such as its missile program. Iran has refused but may wish to reconsider in light of recent...

Modernizing Arabs must not surrender the Arabic language

An unfortunate side effect of the Gulf countries’ ambitious economic agendas is a gradual decline in their children’s ability to communicate in the Arabic language. This trend must be reversed or our...

The World Food Program and Elon Musk make governments look bad

Last week’s twitter exchange between the World Food Program (WFP) and Elon Musk regarding the cost of addressing world hunger was highly constructive and will help to achieve this goal. The only...

Economists are on the frontline to help the world fight climate change

Winning the fight against climate change will require a lot of technical ingenuity, but it will also need humans to change their behavior. The expertise that economists’ have developed in analyzing...

I can’t believe it’s not socialism: Squid Game’s pro-capitalist message

Many view Netflix blockbuster Squid Game as an indictment of capitalism, with people choosing to kill and bear terrible survival odds in the single-minded pursuit of money. Yet, a closer look at the...

Economists do not deserve the criticisms thrown at them

Non-economists regularly criticize the field for unrealistic models of human behavior, neoliberal indoctrination, professional arrogance, and many other supposed flaws. Picking up the latest issue of...

By sharing data Gulf government agencies will improve decision making

Government agencies in the Gulf are notoriously reluctant to share data. This massively impedes local researchers’ ability to contribute to policymaking, and inadvertently creates a dependence on...