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Forschungsprojekte Miriam Al Lily


Forschungsziele / Objectives

The main research objective is to determine the causes of poverty among Saudi nationals. In order to achieve this objective, the project addresses the following sub-questions:

Specific objectives:

  1. What are the demographic, economic and social determinants of urban poverty in Saudi Arabia?
  2. Are female-headed households more vulnerable to poverty than male-headed ones? If so, why?
  3. What is the correlation between poverty and risk and time preferences in the Saudi context?


Forschungsansatz / Methodology


The project is based on a household survey and a field experiment conducted in Saudi Arabia in 2019. In the household survey, 496 Saudi households were interviewed in Dammam. Households were randomly selected via systematic sampling across all poor neighbourhoods. In addition, every third household was randomly selected to take part in a field experiment to determine the household head’s risk and time preferences. In total, 166 household heads took part in the field experiment.

Miriam Al Lily

Partner Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University, Saudi Arabia
Geldgeber Graduate Academy, Leibniz Universität Hannover
Schlagwörter Determinants of poverty, Feminisation of poverty, Risk and time preferences