What’s So Special about the Arabian Peninsula? A Reply to Groh and Rothschild
Quarterly Journal of Political Science (QJPS) | 21/03/2012
My 2008 article suggested that oil wealth, but not Islam, has impeded progress towards gender equality in the Middle East. Groh and Rothschild re-examine one part of my study, which reported a statistical correlation between oil rents and female labor force participation; they argue that the "deep cultural history" of the Arabian Peninsula offers a better explanation for the observed correlations. In this brief reply, I note that they do not accurately describe my conclusions and analysis; that other evidence in the article does not support their argument; and that they have not identified what makes the Arabian Peninsula so different from the rest of the Middle East — apart from its extraordinary oil wealth.
Michael L. Ross (2012), "What's So Special about the Arabian Peninsula? A Reply to Groh and Rothschild", Quarterly Journal of Political Science: Vol. 7: No. 1, pp 89-103. http://dx.doi.org/10.1561/100.00012004