Sustainability and Equity Challenges : Some Arithmetic on Lebanon’s Pension System

Author/Editor:

Mariusz Jarmuzek ; Najla Nakhle

Publication Date:

March 2, 2016

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Summary:

Reform of Lebanon’s pension system is indispensable. The country already faces fiscal sustainability risks, which will be compounded in the future by significantly higher pensionrelated spending and liabilities, mainly reflecting adverse demographics. In addition to sustainability issues, the pension system also suffers from equity shortcomings—Lebanon is the only MENA country that does not offer social security for retirees in the private sector. While several reform proposals have been formulated since the early 2000s, none has been implemented to date. Costs mount with every year of delay, so action is required soon to address these challenges.

Series:

Working Paper No. 16/46

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 2, 2016

ISBN/ISSN:

9781513541488/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2016046

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

20

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