The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have gone through considerable changes in the last decade. With the increasing sophistication of their market economies and the growing global interlinkages, policymakers and analysts will need to further their understanding of the macroeconomic structure of the region. The aim of this book is to provide original insights into the functioning of the GCC macroeconomy and the policy challenges ahead, both on the structural issues (covered in Chapters 2, 3, and 4) and in management of macroeconomic cycles (covered in Chapters 5, 6, 7, and 8). Reviewing historical facts and recent important developments, this chapter briefly discusses the status of the planned GCC economic union with a focus on the relevant literature, and prepares the reader for the analysis and results of each of the core chapters of the book.
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