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Greece, Argentina, and the Middle-Income Trap

Velasco, Andres, (2015), “Greece, Argentina, and the Middle-Income Trap”, Project-syndicate, 30 May

Aside from an established tradition of bad macroeconomics, what do Greece and Argentina have in common? One answer is that they were the world’s longest-held captives of the so-called middle-income trap – and remain within its reach to this day. With countries in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin American fearing that, having reached the international middle class, they could be stuck there, Greece and Argentina shed light on how that might happen.

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