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Is the elimination of food subsidies the right policy to address Lebanon’s public finance crisis?

Paul Makdissi () and Mohamad Seif Edine

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: In this paper, we use a positional dominance approach to assess the desirability of eliminating food subsidies in Lebanon. The analysis is based on aggregate information from the 2004/2005 National Survey of Households Living Conditions. We use this aggregate information on expenditure patterns to reconstruct rough estimates of s-concentration curves and efficiency-cost ratio sets. Evidences suggest that the Lebanese government should probably find other avenues to reduce the fiscal deficit.

Keywords: Taxation; inequality; Lebanon (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H23 I31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-03-01
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