Argentina can learn from Australia's economic success


Esposto, Alexis Sergio

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In 2009, I launched a book titled Drifting Apart: The Diverging Development Paths of Argentina and Australia, which I co-authored with Fernando Tohme from Universidad Nacional del Sur in Argentina. We compared the economic and social trajectories of Argentina and Australia over the twentieth and early part of the twenty-first century. At the time we were writing the book, the Argentine economy was still struggling to recover from the massive economic and social crises of 2001. While Argentina's financial situation appears to have improved since, I would like to posit that the nation's recovery itself was contingent on an extended period of democracy (from 1983 onward) and the subsequent institutional reform this made possible.

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The Conversation, 11 July 2012


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