Brazil’s mediocre economy: A fall from grace

Posted: June 7, 2013 in economy
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Brazil’s mediocre economy

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How to squander an inheritance—and how easily it could be restored

ALMOST exactly 20 years ago, in May 1993, Fernando Henrique Cardoso was named as Brazil’s 13th finance minister in as many years, a seemingly hopeless job in a country trapped in hyperinflation, debt and an anachronistic economic statism. Mr Cardoso’s Real Plan swiftly tamed inflation and took him to the presidency. There he laid the foundations for a new Brazil, of stability and liberal economic reform. This success was reinforced by his successor, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a left-wing former union leader, whose government saw 30m Brazilians get out of poverty.
The trouble is that in Lula’s second term (2007-10) and especially under his chosen successor, Dilma Rousseff, the formula behind Brazil’s success has been slowly abandoned. The policy secret was simple: inflation targeting by a Central Bank operating with de facto independence; transparent public accounts; a rigorous fiscal target, …

via Economic Crisis http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21579007-how-squander-inheritanceand-how-easily-it-could-be-restored-fall-grace?fsrc=rss

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