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Country Report Rwanda

In 2013, temporary aid suspensions had significant economic repercussions for Rwanda. On the positive side, this triggered Rwanda to search for ways to reduce its aid dependency.

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Country Report Chile

In March 2014, Michelle Bachelet will become Chile’s next president. She has an ambitious reform agenda and aims to reform the tax and education system. Despite a slowdown in late 2013, the growth outlook remains relatively good.

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Country Report Lebanon

Economic growth was weak at 1.3% in 2013, as violence in Syria spilled over into Lebanon. While a political impasse keeps reforms on hold, the Central Bank’s stimulus package might help improve performance in 2014.

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Country Report Jordan

Economic growth is expected to remain subdued at around 3.5-4% in 2014. The budget balance is expected to improve slightly in 2014, but public finances remain too dependent on foreign aid. Meanwhile, Jordan’s position on the conflict in Syria remains uncertain.


Van zieke man naar grote monsieur (Dutch)

Terwijl de wereldeconomie –ook die van Europa– aarzelend uit het dal klimt, blijft Frankrijk achter. De Franse economische groei zal dit jaar naar verwachting maar de helft zijn van die van Duitsland.

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Country Report Uruguay

With general elections scheduled in October, 2014 will be an important election year for Uruguay. Meanwhile, several important investment projects have become controversial.

Economic Comment Dutch version

2014, the year of Brazil?

This year, Brazil will host the World Cup. The host country is widely seen as one of the favourites to win the World Cup. For us this is an occasion to publish a series of studies on the economic strengths of Brazil.


Van groeipolitiek naar inkomenspolitiek (Dutch)

Inclusieve groei, dus groei die houdbaar is en ervoor zorgt dat ook de gemiddelde man in de straat er wat aan heeft, wordt steeds belangrijker. En dat vereist wellicht meer mondiale inkomenspolitiek dan groeipolitiek.


Daar gaan we weer (Dutch)

In de eerste zeven dagen van dit jaar was het gemiddeld 8,6 graden boven nul, een warmterecord voor deze tijd van het jaar. Lekker voor een comfortabele reis van huis naar werk. Maar lastig voor het duiden van de economische ontwikkelingen.

Economic Update Dutch version

The Netherlands: Strong end to 2013

Economic growth appears to have accelerated in the last quarter of 2013. But we still expect growth in 2014 to be very subdued. Inflation remains on a downward trend.

Economic Report

How to tackle the ‘Custo Brasil’

Due to the so-called “Custo Brasil” Brazil is a relatively expensive place to do business. Three important growth bottlenecks are primarily responsible for this Custo Brasil: the tax system and red tape, lack of good infrastructure and human capital constraints.