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Omar Al-Ubaydli
Omar Al-Ubaydli

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

COLUMNISTS
Omar Al-Ubaydli
Omar Al-Ubaydli

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

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What Gulf science can learn from the 2020 economics Nobel prize

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

The 2020 economics Nobel prize went to the American pair Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson “for ...

Coronavirus: How the Gulf economy has allowed women to keep their jobs

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

In Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, female citizens have kept their jobs amid the coronavirus at higher ...

Venture capital survived coronavirus – it may yet save the world

Friday, 02 October 2020

Venture capital is critical to the global economy. Thankfully, it has survived the coronavirus ...

To defeat gender inequality in the workplace, Saudi Arabia needs more data

Sunday, 20 September 2020

Last week’s declaration by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Human Resource that gender discrimination ...

Scientific research is critical to tackling racial discrimination

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

The international Black Lives Matter protests that erupted during the middle of 2020 are a stark ...

Will coronavirus unemployment cause riots?

Saturday, 05 September 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has devastated people’s livelihoods across the world, but many are clinging ...

Coronavirus causes women short-term pain, but may lead to long-term gains

Tuesday, 01 September 2020

In stark contrast to previous recessions, women have borne the brunt of the economic carnage wrought ...

How is the economy likely to affect Trump’s reelection chances?

Monday, 24 August 2020

The economy’s performance during the last year – rather than the cumulative performance during the ...

Coronavirus: Gulf universities can learn from Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine project

Sunday, 26 July 2020

The University of Oxford is leading the world in the quest for what would be a hugely valuable COVID ...

Cancel culture: Dangerous mob rule or new form of accountability?

Sunday, 19 July 2020

Recently both celebrities and ordinary people have found themselves being “canceled” – a new term ...

Adapt and overcome: Gulf family businesses need to evolve to survive

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Family businesses in the Gulf are some of the strongest in the region and across the world, but ...

Coronavirus lockdown: Can we save lives and protect the economy during COVID-19?

Sunday, 28 June 2020

The coronavirus lockdowns have become a highly polarizing issue. Some believe that there is a clear ...

Does coronavirus prove women make better leaders? Ask Finland, Iceland or New Zealand

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Thanks to social media and news reports, people realize that some of the best performing countries ...

Coronavirus: Central banks must lend directly to business, or risk economic collapse

Sunday, 14 June 2020

The unique circumstances of the 2020 coronavirus crisis mean that giving banks access to cheap ...

Why scaring people about the coronavirus can backfire

Thursday, 28 May 2020

The communications strategy of many governments is predicated on alerting people to the grave danger ...

Saudi Arabia reaps the benefit of establishing VAT

Friday, 15 May 2020

The coronavirus has caused the largest global economic crisis in nearly 100 years, forcing ...

The coronavirus pandemic reopens the debate about the ethics of experimentation

Saturday, 09 May 2020

The shutdown of nonessential businesses could cost the US economy nearly $6 trillion per year of ...

How to put a value on human life? A policymaker’s dilemma in time of coronavirus

Monday, 27 April 2020

The coronavirus is presenting policymakers with a tradeoff between economic and public health ...

Why global leaders are right to avoid giving deadlines to lift coronavirus lockdowns

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

In the midst of economically crippling lockdowns, global leaders are largely refraining from giving ...

Why do footballers expect to be paid for doing nothing?

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Superstar athletes, such as professional soccer players in the English Premier League, have been ...

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