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Macroeconomic Policy in Argentina During 2002–2013

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  • Mario Damill

    (CEDES, CONICET and University of Buenos Aires, Sánchez de Bustamante 27, Buenos Aires, 1173, Argentina)

  • Roberto Frenkel

    (CEDES and University of Buenos Aires, Sánchez de Bustamante 27, Buenos Aires, 1173 Argentina)

  • Martín Rapetti

    (CEDES, CONICET and University of Buenos Aires, Sánchez de Bustamante 27, Buenos Aires, 1173, Argentina)

Abstract

We analyze Argentina’s macroeconomic policy and performance between 2003 and 2013. The period began with a rapid recovery following the 2001–02 crisis. Recovery then turned into strong and sustained growth. By late 2011, despite a very favorable external context, Argentina entered a stagflationary trap. Facing a visible lack of foreign exchange, the authorities introduced and reinforced a series of controls, which did not prevent a currency crisis in late 2013 and early 2014. We argue that macroeconomic performance during the whole period was closely related to the way macroeconomic policy was conducted. More specifically, we claim that the shift from high growth to stagflation was due to a change in the approach to macroeconomic policy: from one aiming to preserve a stable and competitive real exchange rate and twin surpluses, to another one of populist orientation.

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  • Mario Damill & Roberto Frenkel & Martín Rapetti, 2015. "Macroeconomic Policy in Argentina During 2002–2013," Comparative Economic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Association for Comparative Economic Studies, vol. 57(3), pages 369-400, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:compes:v:57:y:2015:i:3:p:369-400
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