Confidence in Public Institutions and the Run Up to the October 2019 Uprising in Lebanon

25 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2020 Last revised: 18 Nov 2021

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Ali Fakih

Lebanese American University

Paul Makdissi

University of Ottawa - Department of Economics

Walid Marrouch

Lebanese American University; CIRANO

Rami Tabri

The University of Sydney - School of Economics

Myra Yazbeck

McGill University - Epidemiology, Biostatistics, & Occupational Health; Université Laval - Département d'Économique

Abstract

This paper uses the 2013 World Value Survey, as well as the 2016 and 2018 waves of the Arab Barometer, to analyze the dynamics of trust in public institutions in Lebanon. It finds strong evidence that confidence in most public institutions has decreased between 2013 and 2016. The evidence of this decrease is robust to the numerical scale assigned to the different ordinal categories of trust and to assumptions on the missing values generating process. This finding highlights the importance for policymakers in developing countries to survey the perceptions and political attitude of their constituents in order to improve the performance of public institutions.

Keywords: uprising, institutions, confidence, ordinal variable

JEL Classification: D72, O53, P16, P40

Suggested Citation

Fakih, Ali and Makdissi, Paul and Marrouch, Walid and Tabri, Rami and Yazbeck, Myra, Confidence in Public Institutions and the Run Up to the October 2019 Uprising in Lebanon. IZA Discussion Paper No. 13104, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3568309

Ali Fakih (Contact Author)

Lebanese American University ( email )

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Paul Makdissi

University of Ottawa - Department of Economics ( email )

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Walid Marrouch

Lebanese American University ( email )

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Lebanon

CIRANO ( email )

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Rami Tabri

The University of Sydney - School of Economics ( email )

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The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006 2008
Australia

Myra Yazbeck

McGill University - Epidemiology, Biostatistics, & Occupational Health ( email )

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Montreal, Quebec H3A 1G5 QC H3A 0G4
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Université Laval - Département d'Économique ( email )

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Ste-Foy, Quebec G1K 7P4 G1K 7P4
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