Lebanon’s discretionary spending favors public sector employees

The compounding shocks that have hit Lebanon since the summer of 2019 have led to severe social repercussions. The financial crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Beirut port explosion collapsed the state’s public finances and pushed 82% of the population into multidimensional poverty. The ruling class, meanwhile, eschewed arresting the crises with structural interventions, deliberately protracting socioeconomic malaise.

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