Category - Economy

Saudi Arabia’s Slow Progress on Women Employment

Saudi females still abstain from participating in the labor force. While the new law allowing women to drive is an omen for promoting more equal economic participation for women, several other barriers could still hold women back from their true...

Arab Women in the Labor Market

Women in the Arab world have long fought to gain better access to economic and social opportunities. Despite the achieved success in increased educational attainment, the majority of Arab women remain outside the labor force. Women Labor: A Missed...

Lebanon’s debt: Financed by many but benefits few

Despite the high risk associated with the growing public debt amidst the slow growth in the economy, the Lebanese government has managed to continue borrowing from local banks. How do local banks sustain the lending to the government? Who benefits...

Lebanon Trapped in a Vicious Debt Circle

As the Lebanese government continues to spend more than it earns, it is forced to borrow to cover its extra spending. The damage created by the civil war, large transfers to cover losses of the public electricity company Electricite du Liban (EdL)...

Bayanat Box Explains: What is a Household Survey?

Household surveys collect information at the household level A household is considered as being a group of people (family or non-family members) sharing the same residence and who have a joint budget. In other terms, all members of the household...

Why is Informal Employment in Egypt Alarming?

People turn to informal jobs only when they can’t access formal jobs. Why are informal jobs mostly inopportune? How could this be alarming as a permanent phenomenon? Why do some find informal jobs opportune? In several instances, informal jobs...