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WAGES LOST A QUARTER OF THEIR REAL VALUE IN 6 YEARS

The CGT declared two general strikes against the new government. The fall in real wages has deepened in recent months, but the fall has come on for a long time. Real wages will not recover by questioning the ideas promoted by the government, but by deploying more technical and political capacity to implement them.         (more…)

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IT IS THE REFORMS THAT MUST BE ACCELERATED, INSTEAD OF DEVALUATION

President Milei questioned those who advocate accelerating the pace of devaluation of the official dollar. He argues that the dollar is not cheap, but Argentina´s internal costs are high due to the distortions of the economy. Therefore, what must be accelerated are the transformations proposed in the May Pact.         (more…)

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UNIVERSITIES NEED ORDERING, NOT ADJUSTING

The massive university protest put the discussion of the university budget on the agenda. Just when the government celebrates the fiscal surplus. Faced with chronic problems of underfunding and mismanagement, the solution is not to adjust but to improve the organization of the State, in this case, that of the universities.  (more…)

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EXCHANGE RATE DEVALUATION IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE OF STATE ORDERING

Inflation decreases with strong exchange rate appreciation. Inflation in terms of hard currency revives the debate on the level of the exchange rate. Devaluation is not the solution but a mere compensation for bad policies. Therefore, more important than the pace of devaluation is the pace of reordering the State. (more…)

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MORATORIUMS GENERATE DOUBLE PENSION BENEFITS

Moratoriums in the pension system undermine financial sustainability and equity because they generate double coverage. The government’s project to eliminate them is pertinent. But it would be convenient to accompany it with the elimination of the minimum of 30 years of contributions and perfecting the PUAM. (more…)

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LABOR LEGISLATION COVERS ONLY ONE-THIRD OF WORKERS

One of the 10 points that the government proposed for the May Pact is the updating of labor regulations. The deep and chronic deterioration of the labor market makes this reform unquestionable. However, its implementation will require much more technical and political expertise than what has been shown so far.      (more…)

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WHILE IN CHILE AND URUGUAY POVERTY GOES DOWN, IN ARGENTINA IT GOES UP

The high poverty rate in Argentina is a chronic phenomenon. Its main cause is the prevailing consensus for decades sustaining wrong public policies. Milei broke this inertia with disruptive ideas. However, he needs to develop more technical and political capabilities to implement them.    (more…)

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CHANGE IN THE INDEXATION RULE PERPETUATES THE LOSS IN PENSIONS’ REAL VALUE

The government and Congress are preparing to modify the pensions indexing rule. This will stop the pensions’ loss of real value, but it perpetuates past losses. It is the right time to improve the situation of those who got their pension benefit with the full contributions required without using the moratoriums.         (more…)

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FREEZING PUBLIC EMPLOYEES’ SALARIES INCREASES THE DISORDER IN THE STATE 

The government pushed for the freezing of the salaries of legislators and senior officials. The objective is fiscal savings. The result will be the opposite. Low salaries deepen mediocrity and mismanagement of the State. It is necessary to have an orderly and efficient State with well-paid civil servants.         (more…)

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TAX AND CO-PARTICIPATION REFORMS GO HAND IN HAND 

The pact proposed by President Milei includes tax reform and the revision of co-participation. Both are two sides of the same coin. By establishing that the Nation and each province finance themselves with their own taxes, it is possible to move forward in tax simplification and the replacement of co-participation.         (more…)

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