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Venezuela: The Origins and Enduring Legacy of Chavismo – Part I

Posted: June 20, 2017 at 7:34 pm   /   Politics, Regional, Web Articles

Author Vincent A. Dueñas explores the possibilities for the continued viability of the Chavista party after the end of Nicolas Maduro’s presidency. He asserts that rise of an opposition majority in the Venezuelan legislature in December, 2015 resulted in the most concrete protest of President Maduro’s presidency and possibly a rejection of Hugo Chavez’s socialist state legacy.

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Populism in Retreat? Energy Liberalization and Reform in Mexico and Saudi Arabia – Part II

Posted: June 19, 2017 at 2:57 pm   /   Economics, Regional, Web Articles

In this two-part series, authors Seth Clare and Samer Mosis explore how low oil prices spurred energy reforms in Mexico and Saudi Arabia, and provided them with an incidental vaccine to the populist contagion infecting more diversified, developed economies. While such reforms will likely be painful for many in the short-term, they concede that the long-term economic growth these changes will support are well worth their costs.

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Populism in Retreat? Energy Liberalization and Reform in Mexico and Saudi Arabia – Part I

Posted: June 18, 2017 at 4:21 am   /   Economics, Regional, Web Articles

In this two-part series, authors Seth Clare and Samer Mosis explore how low oil prices spurred energy reforms in Mexico and Saudi Arabia, and provided them with an incidental vaccine to the populist contagion infecting more diversified, developed economies. While such reforms will likely be painful for many in the short-term, they concede that the long-term economic growth these changes will support are well worth their costs.

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Polio Eradication in Ukraine

Posted: May 12, 2017 at 8:37 pm   /   Regional, Web Articles

Author Joniel Cha highlights the details of the recent polio outbreak in Ukraine, and presents key factors explaining Ukraine’s failure to adequately respond and contain it. Cha then suggests policy prescriptions aimed at stopping the outbreak and eradicating poliovirus from Ukraine.

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Empowering the 99%: Technology Upgrades by Small Businesses Can Boost Productivity and Growth in Latin America

Posted: May 3, 2017 at 7:58 pm   /   Development, Economics, Regional, Web Articles

Author Valentin Sierra demonstrates how ICT adoption by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can spur long-term gains in firm productivity, competitiveness, and facilitate economic development in Latin America.

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