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Can Argentina stay afloat?

A breakfast roundtable
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

Argentina’s economy was in shambles by 2001 as economic reforms like privatization and market deregulation ushered in poverty rates of 57.5%, homelessness rates of almost 28%, and a 127% increase in crime. Now, Argentina has defied the International Monetary Fund and gone its own course, bringing strong increases in employment and GDP, and a brighter export and industrial sector picture. But can the modest success last? Argentine economic researcher Pepe Robles will lead a discussion on how the country can avert another crisis and secure better and more jobs, especially as unemployment hovers at 19% and the richest 10% receive 38% of all income.

The Economic Policy Institute invites you to explore these issues at a breakfast roundtable discussion at the National Press Club on Wednesday, November 17, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The event is being organized on behalf of the Global Policy Network (GPN), a worldwide consortium of organizations engaged in research and analysis of labor market conditions and trends.

Panelists:

Pepe Robles, Research Director of El Mundo de Trabajo [The World of Work], an economic research institute in Buenos Aires

Dr. Gustavo Marquez, Principal Labor Advisor of the Interamerican Development Bank (IADB) in Washington, D.C.

Listen to an audio recording of the event (approx. 74 min.):

View Pepe Robes’ presentation at this event: