Testing the External Shock Narrative of the Conflict on Transition towards Knowledge Economy in Syria

  • 10 May 2022
  • Ongoing Research - Business

Ibrahim Al Nafrah & Sulaiman Mouselli


Post Graduate Studies & Research Council Meeting No. 5, 25/4/2022

Date of Acceptance


The theory of external shocks suggests that the underdevelopment of low-income countries is due to external shocks of various kinds: economic or political ones. This study endeavors to analyze the real causes that hindered and are hindering the Syrian economy from transitioning towards a knowledge-based economy before and during the conflict. To achieve these objectives, we apply the Documentary Research Method (DSM) and the Structural Vector Autoregression (SVAR) to measure the causal impact of the internal and external shocks on a number of innovation and knowledge creation-related variables.