Lebanon’s financial crisis developed over a long period of time before shaping into a dollar liquidity shortage from the summer of 2019. This column argues that a key first step in any effective policy response is to separate the government debt problem from the liquidity problem: this way, debt restructuring can proceed without causing more liquidity problems. The country also needs economic growth to begin to reduce its debt-to-GDP ratio to a sustainable level.
Nada MoraLebanese University and Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS)
Nada Mora completed her S.B. in Economics (1998) and Ph.D. in Economics (2003) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She taught at the American University of Beirut from 2003 to 2007 where she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics. She worked in central banking from 2007 to 2016 as an economist with the Bank of England, a senior economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and later a principal financial economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. During her time in central banking, she contributed to supervisory models and quantitative bank exams for stress testing. She currently lectures at the Lebanese University and is also a senior fellow at the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS). Her primary research area is financial economics examining financial intermediation and financial crises mainly through the empirical commercial bank setting. She has contributed studies on funding costs of financial intermediaries, credit risk, and dollarization. Her work has been published in the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Money Credit and Banking, and the Journal of Finance.