nep-iue New Economics Papers
on Informal and Underground Economics
Issue of 2023‒02‒27
two papers chosen by
Catalina Granda Carvajal
Universidad de Antioquia

  1. Trade sanctions and informal employment By Ali Moghaddasi Kelishomi; Roberto Nisticò
  2. For Inclusive and Fair COVID-19 Socio-Economic Recovery Measures in Lebanon: Focus Group Discussions Report of Findings By Dagher, Leila; abboud, ali; sidani, ola; Abi Younes, Oussama

  1. By: Ali Moghaddasi Kelishomi; Roberto Nisticò
    Abstract: This paper examines how trade sanctions affect the allocation of workers across formal and informal employment. We analyse the case of the unexpected and unprecedented trade sanctions imposed on Iran in 2012. We use a difference-in-differences approach and compare the probability of working in the informal sector before and after 2012 for individuals employed in industries with pre-existing different levels of exposure to international trade.
    Keywords: International trade, Informal work, Labour market, Economic sanctions, Trade
    Date: 2023
  2. By: Dagher, Leila; abboud, ali; sidani, ola; Abi Younes, Oussama
    Abstract: In many countries, early, large, and sustained policy responses to the pandemic were successful in protecting families. However, the Government of Lebanon’s (GoL) response to COVID-19 and the simultaneous crises the country is experiencing, in terms of socio-economic recovery measures has been very limited if not absent. This research work aims to analyze the impact of the lack of government actions and policies on the urban informal sector in Lebanon. The informal sector, which makes up a significant portion of the Lebanese economy (estimated to be at least 30% of GDP), is of interest to us as the very few measures taken by GoL such as tax grace periods were targeted at the formal sector. Led by the American University of Beirut (AUB) and funded by Oxfam, the project “For Inclusive and Fair COVID-19 Socio-Economic Recovery Measures in Lebanon, ” aims to assess the GoL decisions related to the pandemic and to influence the orientation of government decisions such that they take into consideration the impact on the most vulnerable population groups, especially those working in the informal sector.
    Keywords: lebanon; social protection; social assistance; social safety net; poverty; informal sector
    JEL: H12 H53 H55 I3
    Date: 2022

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