Diagnosing the Tunisian Economy

  • Mahmoud Sami Nabi


The challenge of Tunisia is to achieve two development objectives: escape the middle-income trap and break out the post-revolution vicious circle. This chapter engages in a thoughtful diagnosis of the Tunisian economy and identifies the main binding constraints that prevent it from escaping the middle-income trap. It begins by presenting the socioeconomic achievements of Tunisia since its independence. Then, it analyzes the structure of its economy (regional and sectoral, public and private sectors, formal and informal sectors, investment and entrepreneurship). After that, it delves into the business environment and explores the main binding constraints impeding the development of the private sector. It dedicates a section to the situation of the education, research and innovation systems as well as the current progress toward a knowledge economy. It also focuses on unemployment, integration in the global economy and the evolution of the macroeconomic fundamentals. Finally, it dedicates a section to examine the banking sector and the changing monetary policy of the Central Bank of Tunisia. Throughout the main sections of the chapter, international benchmarking is done with the economies of Morocco, Malaysia and Turkey.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mahmoud Sami Nabi
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  1. 1.LEGI-Tunisia Polytechnic School and FSEG NabeulUniversity of CarthageTunisTunisia

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