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June 28, 2005

United States
More wisdom from Martin Wolf

Having laid out the problem on Monday, Martin Wolf offers his solutions in tomorrow’s Financial Times. He presents three answers to the question "what is to be done"One answer is: nothing. Let each c…

February 8, 2006

Monetary Policy
The central bank (and oil fund) bid

I am constantly amazed by the concern well paid Wall Street economists display for poor Chinese peasants.    China, you see, cannot revalue the RMB without devastating rural China.  A revalued RMB wo…

November 3, 2006

Emerging Markets
More Bolsa Familia, smaller fuel subsidies

That seems to be the IMF’s message to Latin America.    The latest regional outlook lauded programs like Brazil’s Bolsa Familia:“These and other social assistance programs show considerable progress …

December 5, 2006

Welcoming Latin America's New Left

Over the last eighteen months Presidential elections occurred in twelve Latin American countries. While Hugo Chavez and his anti-American tirades grab most of the headlines, these elections actually …

April 30, 2007

Mexico's Oportunidades comes to New York

Last week Mayor Michael Bloomberg traveled to Mexico City, Tepoztlan, and Toluca to view their premier anti-poverty program, named Oportunidades. Bloomberg is launching a similar conditional cash-t…

May 2, 2007

Mexico's New Credit markets

Yesterday Mexico’s microfinance group Compartamos, backed by Accion International and the IFC, went public on the Mexico stock exchange. Where once only the largest companies and wealthiest elites …

May 6, 2007

The Return of Inflation

The one area of real triumph for market-oriented reforms in Latin America was inflation. Unlike the uneven record on poverty, inequality, and economic volatility, structural adjustment and austerity …

July 23, 2007

First Blackstone, then Barclays …

The alliance between the Chinese state – lest we forget, still a (nominally) communist state -- and the high priests of global financial capitalism is close to complete.    Goldman, Royal Bank o…

August 9, 2007

Immigration and Migration
Uncertain Causes and Effects of Declining Remittances

A recent report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) concludes that Mexican migrants are sending back less money or remittances to their home country than in the past. A survey of 900 migrant…

January 14, 2008

Immigration and Migration
Future U.S. Policy Toward Latin America

As the primaries proceed, little attention had been paid to Latin America. Given the de facto integration of the Hemisphere through migration, trade, and other links, it is high time that U.S. foreig…