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Country Report

Country Report Bermuda

Bermuda’s economic performance has been weak in recent years, as the global economic slowdown had a negative impact on the important (re)insurance and tourism sectors.

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Country Report Costa Rica

Although Costa Rica’s economic performance is still good, the deterioration of public finances and the inability of the government to implement consolidation measures are reason for concern.

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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 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.

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.

Economic Report

Democracy, Brazilian style

Brazil’s political system generally makes it difficult and time-consuming to implement far-reaching reforms. Furthermore, the system seems to be affected by a lot of patronage and corrupt practices. In this report we explain why this is the case.

Economic Report

Brazil’s social challenges

In the past decade, Brazil has managed to substantially bring down its traditionally high levels of inequality and poverty. However, inequality is still high and relatively weak public services result in institutional inequality.

Economic Report

Brazil’s economic model: In need of a revamp

The recent performance of the Brazilian economy has been disappointing. We conclude that consumption and commodity exports cannot continue to drive growth. To reinvigorate its economic model Brazil needs to increase investment and productivity.

Economic Report

Brazil’s macro economy, past and present

Brazil’s has turbulent macroeconomic history. Since the launch of the Plano Real in 1994, Brazil’s macroeconomic environment has become increasingly. However, more recently growth has disappointed.