Inequality in Lebanon: an ever-growing gap - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia


Inequality in Lebanon: an ever-growing gap


Country: Lebanese Republic

Publication Type: Policy briefs

Cluster: Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development

Focus Area: Debt and fiscal policy, Governance & enabling environment, Inclusive development, Future of employment, Macroeconomics

Initiatives: Reforming social protection systems, Governance and institution building, Addressing multidimensional poverty, Public finance and inclusive fiscal policy, Reducing inequalities

SDGs: Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Keywords: Lebanon, Governance, Debt, Fiscal policy, Development, Employment, Poverty, Corruption, Currency, Technical cooperation, Income distribution, Economic conditions, Social conditions

Inequality in Lebanon: an ever-growing gap

September 2022

People in Lebanon today have a pervasive perception of entrenched corruption, a prevailing sense of social and economic inequality, and a deep-rooted pessimism about near-future social and economic improvements. These issues were revealed by a recent ESCWA poll, in which Lebanese respondents, unlike their peers in nine other Arab countries, highlighted corruption as the primary cause of the rampant social and economic inequality in their country.

The succession of events over the past three years in Lebanon has deepened existing inequalities, and precipitated the pauperization of several vulnerable groups, especially in marginalized areas.

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