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HealthPublic PolicyYouth

Economics of Physical Inactivity

Research shows that physical inactivity has become a major global concern, with significant economic costs. Here are some facts: The top 10 killers in the 50 highest-income countries are all connected to a lack of physical inactivity. More deaths are now attributed to physical inactivity than smoking (5.3 million vs. 5 million respectively). The global

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Economics and DevelopmentYouth

Investing in Girls: The Girl Effect

Economics show the need to increase worldwide investments in young girls. The economic evidence stemming from this research has helped form the core arguments of the Girl Effect (www.girleffect.org) global campaign. Click here for more details. Download here my paper with Wendy Cunningham.

LebanonPublic PolicySocial Justice

Public planning in Lebanon

“Why Can’t Lebanon Plan its Cities?” is a short documentary produced by the Lebanese Economic Association in 2013, focusing on problems of urban planning and public space in Lebanese cities, specifically Beirut.

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Economics and DevelopmentLebanon

Our small dependent economy

Lebanon is a small dependent economy, built on a quasi-complete consumerist system where we import more than 80 percent of our energy, food and most consumed products and services. The country also relies on financial inflows to finance its public debt and domestic consumption, with foreign inflows per year into the Lebanese economy reaching more

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Economics and DevelopmentLebanon

Development in a Polarized Society

This article seeks to examine development in Lebanon through a political economy lens. First, it argues that the Lebanese system could be depicted as a confessional-rentier system. It also argues that the historic choices of the urban elites towards the peripheries are not simply a matter of governance; they are intimately linked to the confessional-rentier