National Reports

06/10/2013 -
Edition 516

Politicians are beginning to recognize last decade’s education decline. But simultaneously, they are minimizing its negative impacts. The clearest evidence is that the government intends to give a positive outlook to the large number of people who neither study nor work, arguing that most of them are young women dedicated to the caring of their children. This position, of an overwhelming conservatism, ignores that early motherhood with low education is a powerful factor in the intergenerational reproduction of poverty that adversely affects their children’s educational level.     

22/09/2013 -
Edition 512

According to INDEC, the incidence of unregistered employment remains above a third of the total workforce. This is a phenomenon, with very negative social impact that deserves special attention.  There is no chance of inducing the formalization of small businesses if the administrative burden to register a worker is not simplified and the tax burden is not moderated. Therefore, the creation of a “special tax system for micro-enterprises” can provide solutions since almost all of informal employment is generated by micro-enterprises. 

15/09/2013 -
Edition 511

Once again there is a proposal to lower the age of criminal responsibility in order to fight crime. It is extremely positive that the political agenda is focused on issues that concern the citizens. But the proposal ignores the most important cause that makes adolescents become offenders, which is early school dropout. Therefore, the most effective way to prevent juvenile delinquency is not toughening the criminal justice system, but correcting the severe management problems suffered by the educational system and the Universal Child Allowance. 

08/09/2013 -
Edition 510

The central government has decided to send the national gendarmerie to help with the Buenos Aires metropolitan area security crisis. It is an opportunistic measure which leads to neglect the objectives of this semi-militar force, as well as overlapping functions with the local police. A genuine way to truly improve the security of all the citizens (not only the people of Buenos Aires) is to stop public overspending in subsidies and to transfer those funds to the provincial governments for them to improve the local police.

01/09/2013 -
Edition 509

The government has established a decrease in the income tax for a group of workers compensating the revenue loss by increasing other taxes. The design of the tax change is technically poor. On one hand, it temporarily reduces tax pressure only on some wages, as sustained inflation will raise it again. On the other hand, it intends to create new taxes that will leave Argentina out of place in the regional competition for new investments. The most troubling issue is that neither the ruling party nor the opposition is showing signs of thinking innovative ideas. 

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