October 3, 2017
Written by WID.world

New paper on inequality in Lebanon

This new paper by Lydia Assouad, “Rethinking the Lebanese economic miracle: The extreme concentration of income and wealth in Lebanon 2005-2014”, WID.world Working Paper 2017/13, combines national accounts, survey and fiscal data  in order to provide consistent series on income inequality in Lebanon from 2005 to 2014.

HIGHLIGHTS: Income appears to be extremely concentrated in Lebanon, with the top 1 and top 10 percent of the adult population receiving approximately 25 and 55 percent of national income. This places Lebanon among countries with the highest level of income inequality in the world. The paper is the first study using income tax data in order to revise official survey-based inequality estimates in Lebanon and the Middle East.

The associated Appendix is available here, and the dataset can be downloaded here.