Institute of Economic Analysis and Prospective Studies



Project Title  Knowledge economy in Morocco

Period             from 2002 to 2004 (24 months)                     

Framework    World Bank IEAPS launching Grant


This grant served to launch the institute and to create the think-tank and undergo economic development research.


Project Title   The Political Economy of Governance in the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership Go-Euromed

Period             from 2006 to 2008 (36 months)                     

Framework    Go-Euromed Project


The Go-EuroMed project assembles a team of economies and political science institutes from EU and Mediterranean Partner Countries, together reflecting the diversity of a dynamic region. Research will aim to identify multilateral, bilateral and domestic institutional design and management strategies for the key trade, investment and labor sectors. Although these institutions are ostensibly economic, their design and management cannot take place in a political vacuum – indeed, trade, investment and labor are deeply intertwined with domestic and international political processes. The project will evaluate growth strategies in the light of key political and social challenges facing the region, in order to produce economically desirable and politically feasible institutional solutions capable of furthering the Barcelona Process’ goals in the Mediterranean Basin.


Project Title   Interdependencies of Health, Education & Poverty with Economic Policy Implications for the South Mediterranean Region

Period             2007 – 2008 (11 months)                   

Framework    FEMISE/UE Project - FEM 32-01


This project gathers a team from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (Morocco), University Mohammed V in Rabat (Morocco), Moroccan Institute for International Relations in Casablanca (Morocco) and the Economic Laboratory of Orleans (France). This project has three inter-related objectives:

The first one is to show how health, education and income poverty are inter-related in the context of the South Mediterranean (SMC). The second is to relate health and education variables to the other economic and social indicators of the region and to identify how gender and other social variables can have explanatory powers. The third objective is to show how public policies can be improved to account for the interdependencies identified above to better target poverty alleviation.


Project Title   Deep Integration, Firms and Economic Convergence

Period             2007 – 2008 (11 months)                   

Framework    FEMISE/UE Project - FEM 33-23


This project gathers team members from Centre de recherche en Développement Economique et Finances Internationales Université de la Méditerranée (France), IEAPS Institute of Economic Analysis & Prospective Studies Al Akhawayn University (Morocco) and Center for the Analysis of Regional Integrations Sussex University (United Kingdom).

This project aims at analyzing the role of the business environment of the Moroccan firms. The research operated in the project framework had several findings like the positive relationship between the lack of fiscal homogeneity among Moroccan and the difference in regulations negatively impacts the TFP firms 


Project Title   Economics of Intellectual Property Rights in Morocco and Neighboring Countries

Period             2007 – 2011 (48 months)                   

Framework    Hassan II Academy of Sciences and Technology


This project aims to support the commitment of Morocco and neighboring countries in the process of access to the knowledge economy by analyzing the roles and the role of intellectual property (IP) throughout the economy but also in certain sectors. Different aspects of IP issues have been addressed globally but also in the sectors of information technology, healthcare, business creation and the franchise.


Project Title   Social Cohesion Policies in Mediterranean Countries: an Assessment of Instruments and outcomes in Italy & Morocco

Period             2008 – 2009 (12 months)                   

Framework    FEMISE/UE Project - CeSPI Centro Studi di Politica Internazionale - FEM 33-05


The project intends to compare social policies in Southern Europe and MPCs using a social cohesion is not yet widely diffuse among the MPCs, and therefore involves an analysis of MPCs social policies through the social cohesion approach. Furthermore, the project seeks to use the social cohesion indicators proposed by the EU Social Protection Committee to assess the social inclusion outcomes of health and education policies in the Southern Europe. Finally, the Research will seek to assess in what manner the European social cohesion indicators can be used to measure social cohesion in MPCs, given available data.


Project Title   Intellectual Property Rights and Public Health: Towards an Intellectual Property Regime that protects Public Health

Period             November 2009 – December 2009 (2 months)                      

Framework    World Health Organization (WHO) Project - Training Course


In the framework of collaboration between Al Akhawayn University Institute of Economic Analysis and Prospective Studies (AUI-IEAPS), World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the organization of a training course on Intellectual Property Rights and Public Health: towards an intellectual property regime that protects public health. This course applies to political leaders from French speaking African countries and aims to improve knowledge on the legislations and politics related to intellectual property.   


Project Title   Introduction à l’étude de choix & comportements microéconomiques en situation de pauvreté

Period             2009 – 2010 (14 months)                   

Framework    HEC Paris – ONDH - IEAPS


This project aims to propose a new approach to the study of poverty in a microeconomic and behavioral level. Specifically, it will propose a poverty study approach based on recent advances in economics / behavioral finance (behavioral economics / finance). The basic assumption in this project is that all economic policies aimed at reducing poverty must be based on a thorough understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of microeconomic choices and behavior in poverty. The proposed approach aims to better anticipate the consequences of economic policies for the fight against poverty through the preliminary quantification of basic preferences of individuals and vis-à-vis time and risk households regarding the currency, health and education.


Project Title   What can be learnt from the New Economics of Emigration of Medical Doctors to the European Union: The case of East European and South Mediterranean Economies

Period             2010 - 2011 (12 months)                    

Framework    FEMISE/UE Project - FEM 34-07


The ultimate objective of this research is to discuss possible economic policies that account simultaneously for the interests of the European Union (EU), the Middle Eastern and the Middle East European economies as destination and source of emigration of medical doctors respectively. This discussion will be based on implications from sound economic models of the “new economics of skilled labor emigration”.

This research focuses on the migration of medical doctors from both Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and from East European (EAE) economies with EU countries as destinations. It aims at discussing the outcomes of this migration in relation to new economic and social policies that account for the interests of the destination and origin economies.


Project Title   Towards New Knowledge Based Economic Policies for Development in the Middle East and North African Economies & Comparisons with some East European Countries

Period             2011 - 2012 (12 months)                    

Framework    FEMISE/UE Project - FEM 35-01


This project aims at suggesting new economic and social policies and actions devoted to intensifying the likely benefits to occur under further knowledge based economies. This investigation consists first, in assessing qualitatively and quantitatively past and current trends of the current knowledge economy components in the MENA countries. Comparisons with some East European Economies (EEE) besides consideration of their best practices are also included.


Project Title   Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services into Country’s Sector and Macroeconomic Policies and Programs - Morocco

Period             2014 - 2015 (18 months)                    

Framework    UNEP project


This project aims to build national capacity to integrate ecosystem services considerations into country's sector and macroeconomic policies and programs in order to accelerate the progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals 1 and 7.

The project represents collaboration between the University of Al Akhawayn, University of Minnesota and the UNEP to undertake pilot studies to address the limited attention given by decision makers to the role of ecosystems in providing sustainable livelihoods of people.

Its objective are to improve capacity of policy-makers at the national level to ensure that ecosystem services are integrated into national development strategies and policies by conducting economic valuation and ecosystem accounting in Morocco through identifying key indicators to be included in national monitoring systems and to develop action plans and recommendations to mainstream ecosystem services considerations into key development planning processes at the national and sector levels, including those that address poverty alleviation.