economic growth
After a decade of extraordinary stability, it’s time for a new wave of reform, AQ’s editor-in-chief writes
Falling commodity prices dim the region's outlook. 2015 may be the fifth straight year of weak growth.

The General Secretariat of the Andean Community of Nations (CAN) announced on Tuesday that trade between its four member countries—Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru—reached $10.4 billion in 2012. Exports within the bloc grew 12 percent, while exports to countries outside the bloc grew 3 percent in 2012.

The Brazilian government announced yesterday the first phase of a 25-year stimulus package designed to reignite the Brazilian economy.

Could Brazil's economic miracle be just a bubble?

Latin America and the Caribbean are likely to grow 5.7 percent this year—twice the expected recovery for the United States—say the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in a report released this week.

Sovereign wealth funds might play an important role in diversification and long-term growth for Latin American economies.
Targeted monetary transfer programs such as Brazil's "Bolsa Familia" represent bold new alternatives in the field of poverty alleviation. Do they work as well as their advocates claim?
A fierce debate rages over whether globalization reduces or increases poverty and inequality. The evidence doesn't always provide comfortable answers for either side.
"The U.S. can smooth the way to broader financial access by easing its enforcement of stringent 'know-your-customer' rules."

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