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Forbes: The Falafel Index: A Way To Assess Purchasing Power In The Middle East

Author: Adam Heffez
April 28, 2014


"While the complexities of purchasing power cannot be wrapped up in a sandwich, the Falafel Index offers an insight into the underlying economic problems that confront a strategic region."

The Arab Spring brought into focus the economic underpinnings of instability in the Middle East. In a region where over one in four youth is unemployed, how well people can afford a basic meal is a primary consideration.

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