National Reports

21/05/2017 -
Edition 705

The destruction of the national statistical system was extremely grave and its reconstruction will require long time and lot of effort. During the transition, the data produced by INDEC has limitations. A specific example is the large share of people who do not report their income in the Permanent Household Survey. The high and heterogeneous number of incomplete surveys requires extreme care in the analysis of important and sensitive issues such as the incidence of poverty.

14/05/2017 -
Edition 704

The Argentinean Sales Tax is a factor of decadence. But it has political appeal because the population is not aware of its burden and is very easy to collect it since most of its revenues are raised in advance through a complex system of withholds executed by the same tax payers. The Court’s pronouncements against the Sales Tax and the expiration of the Financial Transactions Tax are a good opportunity to create a unique VAT that absorbs the Sales Tax.

04/05/2014 -
Edition 546

May 1st is the perfect opportunity to redeem work and assume, with self-criticism, that beyond declamations, most people of working age are still deprived of the opportunity to access quality employment.  This is the result of persevering during decades of labor regulations that discourage job creation. Given the magnitude of the failure, a change of paradigm is needed in the design of labor market institution rather than repeating old recipes. 

27/04/2014 -
Edition 545

The economic authorities desisted from publishing poverty statistics. The distortion of official statistics is of extreme lack of responsibility and diverts attention from the central issue. The controversy over the severity of poverty reduces the debate over the regressive consequences associated with the waste of public spending. In order to reduce poverty is vital to stop the manipulation of statistics and to reexamine how the state is managed.

20/04/2014 -
Edition 544

The government presented a draft bill seeking to incentivize formal employment. In the draft lies the recognition that economic growth and tighter controls alone are not enough to reduce informality. Reforms to labor institutions with special emphasis on small enterprises can help to solve the problem. In any case, Congress should enhance its design since, as it is conceived, will repeat frustrations. 


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