Publication Date

April 2006

Publication Details

Marashdeh, H and Saleh, AS, Revisiting Budget and Trade Deficits in Lebanon: A Critique, Working Paper 06-07, Department of Economics, University of Wollongong, 2006.


This study re-examines the relationship between the budget deficit and the trade deficit in Lebanon. In contrast to earlier studies, we start by testing for a unit root in the presence of structural change using the Innovational Outlier (IO) model. This study also utilizes the newly proposed autoregressive distributed lag (ARDL) approach to examine such a relationship. The results show that the endogenously determined times of the breaks coincide with observed real events occurring during the years of Civil War in Lebanon and especially after the Israeli invasion of Beirut in 1982. This study finds, as well, that the trade deficit in Lebanon has a long run impact on the budget deficit.