Inflation, Consumer Subsidies, and Argentina’s Economic Predicament: Bay Area Latin America Forum

Lecture | September 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Alison Post, Associate Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for Latin American Studies

Argentina’s economic travails are making headlines again. One of the main contributors to the country’s current challenges is a consumer subsidy program for electricity, gas, mass transit, and other infrastructure services, which disproportionately benefits middle class voters over poorer citizens. This lecture will examine the program’s origins following the 2001 crisis, why expenditures on consumer subsidies have grown dramatically over time, and how they continue to constrain the government’s ability to tackle the country’s economic problems.

Alison Post is an associate professor of Political Science and Global Metropolitan Studies at UC Berkeley and a co-director of the Global Metropolitan Studies Program. Her research lies at the intersection of comparative urban politics and comparative political economy.

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An IMF panel led by Christine Lagarde discusses loans for Argentina, June 2018. (Photo by IMF Photos.)