Utilising Applied Behavioural Research to Execute Subsidy Reform in Kuwait

Principal Investigator: Dr Hessah Al-Ojayan
Duration: May 2017–September 2019

Kuwaiti Currency.

This  project brings together Kuwait University and LSE to work on a collaboration that aims to identify methods of applied behavioural research through which Kuwait’s government can successfully implement sustainable economic reform.

The project analyses why the current government subsidies are unsustainable, Kuwait’s sovereign wealth, economic diversification, the long-term trends in oil price, the demographic factors, then assesses the likelihood of long-running and recording fiscal deficits.

The project also studies the rate of progress at which Kuwait’s government is implementing reforms and compares it to other states, both regionally and globally, who have successfully implemented subsidy reform. The project aims to identify the obstacles that inhibit citizens, parliament and Kuwait’s government from efficiently adopting subsidy reform compared to other countries, ultimately identifying methods of capacity building in the context of applied behavioural research. 



Utilising Applied Behavioural Research to Execute Subsidy Reform in Kuwait 

Hessah Al-Ojayan, February 2020

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Principal Investigator


Hessah Al-Ojayan

Hessah is Visiting Fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre. She is also an Assistant Professor of Finance at Kuwait University. 





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