The middle class in Arab countries - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
9-10 May 2023
Expert Group Meeting

The middle class in Arab countries

  • Beirut
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ESCWA is holding an expert group meeting to present and discuss the preliminary findings of a forthcoming report on middle class. Using a social definition of class, the report pinpoints its key features, growth challenges and the needed policy interventions to consolidate its role as a growth engine for development and social stability in the Arab region.  Participants discuss the following findings:

  1. A conceptual framework for measuring the middle class
  2. Size, characteristics, and dynamics of the Arab middle class
  3. The middle class poverty and vulnerability
  4. The middle class informality
  5. Social protection status of the middle class
  6. Impact of fiscal policy on the middle class
  7. Skills of the middle class
  8. Impact of conflict and social movements on the middle class

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