National Reports

20/10/2013 -
Edition 518

The electoral campaign is dominated by candidates from the City of Buenos Aires and Great Buenos Aires. This occurs in a context of unprecedented concentration of public funds at the central government, being most of them spent on the City and Great Buenos Aires. However, severe deprivation hits much harder inside the country.  This is a costly contradiction that helps dodge important issues on the electoral debate, like the highly regressive economic subsidies.

13/10/2013 -
Edition 517

Argentina is ready to accept 5 adverse verdicts at the ICSID and pay for rights trampled by policies executed after 2002. This abrupt change in attitude suggests that the policies carried out in the last decade were guided mainly by improvisation and lack of expertise than by ideological conviction. Anyhow, the important issue is that this precedent makes clear that an enormous effort will be necessary in order to resolve the remaining disputes. 

06/10/2013 -
Edition 516

Politicians are beginning to recognize last decade’s education decline. But simultaneously, they are minimizing its negative impacts. The clearest evidence is that the government intends to give a positive outlook to the large number of people who neither study nor work, arguing that most of them are young women dedicated to the caring of their children. This position, of an overwhelming conservatism, ignores that early motherhood with low education is a powerful factor in the intergenerational reproduction of poverty that adversely affects their children’s educational level.     

22/09/2013 -
Edition 512

According to INDEC, the incidence of unregistered employment remains above a third of the total workforce. This is a phenomenon, with very negative social impact that deserves special attention.  There is no chance of inducing the formalization of small businesses if the administrative burden to register a worker is not simplified and the tax burden is not moderated. Therefore, the creation of a “special tax system for micro-enterprises” can provide solutions since almost all of informal employment is generated by micro-enterprises. 

15/09/2013 -
Edition 511

Once again there is a proposal to lower the age of criminal responsibility in order to fight crime. It is extremely positive that the political agenda is focused on issues that concern the citizens. But the proposal ignores the most important cause that makes adolescents become offenders, which is early school dropout. Therefore, the most effective way to prevent juvenile delinquency is not toughening the criminal justice system, but correcting the severe management problems suffered by the educational system and the Universal Child Allowance. 


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