Author Archives: Zafiris Tzannatos

Politics and the labor market

Politics and the labor market

Reading Time: 5 minutes I first came to Lebanon in the late 1990s to lead a development organization’s mission on labor and social protection. Since then, a lot has happened: in 2000, Israel pulled back from southern Lebanon to the international borderline; in 2005, prime minister Rafik Hariri was assassinated, and many others were murdered before and after him;

Sowing seeds

Reading Time: 3 minutes Much is written and more is discussed about the impact of Syrian refugees on the Lebanese labor market. Plenty of analyses and proposals are in the air. This is as commendable as it is understandable: Lebanon faces both a humanitarian crisis and a labor market crisis. In the labor market, an already bad situation is

Revive Lebanon’s job market

Reading Time: 3 minutes As part of Executive’s ‘10 Ways to Save Lebanon’ issue, we asked leading figures from a range of fields to put the case for one major changes for the country. In this article, former International Labor Organization advisor Zafiris Tzannatos discusses changes to the country’s job market.   At face value, Lebanon is probably the top economic

The youth and the Arab Spring

Reading Time: 4 minutes Too many youth, too many unemployed, poor education, jobless economic growth: all frequent hypotheses put forward to explain the uprisings that started in Tunisia in December 2010 and then spread across the Arab world.  Of course, the youth were the most visible part of the uprisings. This is to be expected: Older people and those

Unemployment in Lebanon

Reading Time: 3 minutes Unemployment in Lebanon is in excess of 10 percent, with youth unemployment close to 25 percent. This is despite the low labor force participation rate of educated Lebanese women (only 20 percent compared to 35 percent for the Arab region), and the high rate of emigration — some say nearly half of every cohort goes

Human development at last!

Reading Time: 3 minutes Not many international meetings close in an optimistic mood.The phrases “failed to agree” or “agreed to meet again” arementioned far too often at the conclusion of such events.But last month’s meeting of the World Economic Forum was abit different. Convened in Jordan, the Forum brought together an impressivelist of international and regional leaders at a