Faculty & Research

AKSOB Economics Faculty Receive National Research Grant

Drs. Ghassan Dibeh, Ali Fakih and Walid Marrouch will study the impact of the Syrian crisis on tourism in Lebanon.

As part of the Grant Research Program initiated by the National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS), the economics faculty members,  Ghassan Dibeh, Ali Fakih—principal investigator—and Walid Marrouchhave been selected to receive funding for a two-year research project examining the impact of the Syrian crisis on the tourism sector in Lebanon.

Given the potential macroeconomic effects inflicted on the Lebanese economy due to the ongoing Syrian crisis, the project aims to study the repercussions of the crisis on the relationship between tourism and economic growth in Lebanon. The researchers will resort to five years’ worth of data, dating back to the beginning of the conflict, to investigate the validity of the tourism-led growth hypothesis in Lebanon, taking into account the role of the Syrian crisis and its related macroeconomic effects.

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