Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas
 

No Region Left Behind: Has the recent financial crisis provided the necessary impetus for sovereign wealth in Latin America?

Has the financial crisis provided the push Latin America needs to expand sovereign wealth?  For a while, it was possible to imagine that the region’s hard-won prosperity over the past decade, gained from harvesting the fruits of the earth from soya to copper had provided Latin America with a comfortable cushion in the form of … Read more No Region Left Behind: Has the recent financial crisis provided the necessary impetus for sovereign wealth in Latin America?

 

Free Trade and Poverty

Is globalization a leading cause of rising inequality? Or does it help reduce poverty? These questions are at the heart of the major economic and social challenges confronting both high income and developing countries today. For developed industrial nations, the answers are bound to determine the outcome of the currently troubled Doha Round of trade talks—and possibly the future direction of the global multilateral trading system itself. But the stakes are no less high for developing countries.

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End the Credit Squeeze on Latin America’s Poor

Over the past two decades, democracy has taken hold in the vast majority of Latin American countries. Notwithstanding an anti-market backlash led by Venezuela, the region as a whole has benefited from stable economic policies and improved growth rates. Yet these gains remain imperiled by persistent poverty and income inequality. According to a May 2008 … Read more End the Credit Squeeze on Latin America’s Poor

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