Moussa Saab is a Policy Economist in the IGC London Hub and is the thematic lead for State, with a focus on tax. He is a former Private Equity Associate at the Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG). Moussa holds an MSc in Economics and International Financial Economics from Warwick University and a BA in Economics from the American University of Beirut (AUB).
Content by Moussa Saab
Publication - Project Report, Working Paper
The government of Lebanon is working on a new public procurement law and implementing regulations to unify and modernize public sector procurement. Based on a review of the literature and analysis using available data on procurement policy, this report explores options to enhance participation by SMEs in public procurement. Six areas for actions are suggested for...
Publication - Synthesis paper
Special Economic Zones (SEZs) have become a popular policy instrument around the world. Encouraged by the success stories of SEZs in the 1980s and 1990s in East Asia, policymakers in the developing world increasingly see them as a way to easily promote industrial development, attract foreign investment, and stimulate job creation. However, results have not always lived up...
Though they might seem unconnected, the underlying root causes of protests in many countries in the Middle East are similar. Protesters in all countries complain about deteriorated economic conditions, income inequality, and widespread endemic corruption. Jordan, Algeria, Iraq, and most recently Lebanon have all witnessed protests over the past year. The majority of...
Publication - Sub-thematic summary
This sub-thematic summary highlights the IGC’s research on taxation over the past 10 years. Effective taxation systems are essential for enabling governments, at all levels, to generate the revenues needed to finance the services, infrastructure, and investment necessary to drive economic growth. Despite their importance, however, tax systems are often a neglected...
In Lebanon, rain from the latest storm was seen dripping through the cracks in Beirut’s bridges. This image aptly summarises the country’s deteriorating infrastructure, which is due to woeful public finances and decades of negligence. Until now, the focus has been on improving the resilience of the financial and banking systems, and immediate structural reforms, to...