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The Political Economy of Productivity in Argentina: Interpretation and Illustration

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  • Santiago Urbiztondo
  • Marcela Cristini
  • Cynthia Moskovitz
  • Sebastian Saiegh
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    This paper examines how the main characteristics of Argentina’s policymaking process (PMP) affect the productivity of its economy using the conceptual framework presented in Murillo, Scartascini and Tommasi (2008), Stein et al. (2008), Spiller and Tommasi (2007), and IDB (2005). First, the paper complements existing descriptions of the PMP by considering private agents and elaborating on structural characteristics possibly conducive to policymaking instability. Second, the paper illustrates the (negative) impact of Argentina’s lowquality and myopic PMP equilibrium on productivity by examining two key areas: provision of infrastructure services and agricultural policy. Finally, the paper explores the PMP at the local level of government (municipalities and local communities), finding that it mimics the flaws observed at the federal level.

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    Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department in its series Research Department Publications with number 4641.

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    Handle: RePEc:idb:wpaper:4641

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    Keywords: Political economy; Productivity; Argentina;

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