Free Market

The reforms that will save Puerto Rico

Gustavo Velez
March 23, 2023

The preliminary costs of the bankruptcy, amounting to $1 billion so far, should be a powerful incentive for us to force structural reforms that will save Puerto Rico from a second bankruptcy and an economic cliff. It would be an act of collective folly to ignore the reasons that led us into the fiscal hole and to have become the first state government in the United States to file for bankruptcy.

Lessons from Messi and Di María for Politicians in LatAm and Europe

Federico N. Fernández
December 27, 2022

What can they learn about competition, free trade, poverty, regulation, and innovation on both sides of the Atlantic? Argentina's triumph in the World Cup organized by Qatar has given Lionel Messi the last trophy he was missing. Argentina's achievement has also left several lessons that can be extrapolated far beyond soccer. Here are three lessons that our politicians can learn from the world champions.

Lessons from Messi and Di María for Politicians in LatAm and Europe

Joseph Stiglitz against the free market

Alberto Benegas, PhD
November 7, 2022

But Stigliz condemns inequalities instead of realizing what a blessing they are; otherwise if all men liked the same woman or if they all wanted to be doctors and there were no tambourines, society would collapse. Even conversation would be unbearably tedious because it would be just like talking to the mirror. On the other hand, inequalities of income and wealth in a free society refer to rewards and punishments for serving or not serving the needs of others.

What is the Jones Act, and why does Puerto Rico want it gone?

Matt Pearce
August 5, 2022

For years, Puerto Rican politicians have complained that forcing the U.S. island territory to rely on American-flagged ships — even with foreign ships in abundance in its ports — drives up the cost of basic goods there. The cost of living is higher on average compared with the mainland.

The Jones Act Is Forcing Puerto Rico to Overpay for Energy

Colin Grabow
August 3, 2022

That the Dominican Republic sources most of its fuel from the United States while Puerto Rico—a U.S. territory with American citizens—does not (and cannot in the case of bulk LPG and LNG) is an embarrassing absurdity. Such a distorted state of affairs can only be explained by misguided Jones Act protectionism. Let us hope the island can be exempted from this archaic law so it can make greater use of domestic products and realize much‐needed savings to meet its citizens’ energy needs.

Populism and the economic failure of Puerto Rico

Gustavo Velez
July 27, 2022

The governments in power (each one for a single four-year term) moved away from the possibility of promoting a long-term economic project and focused on managing the crisis within the political restrictions imposed by the four-year term. Politicians' addiction to taxes and debt to artificially keep the government apparatus alive cemented a narrative that government was essential at the expense of the productive sector. The government itself has created a dangerous spiral of economic contraction with higher taxes and spending.

Populism and the economic failure of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico urgently needs a facilitating government and a decentralized economy

Nilda Perez Martinez
July 14, 2022

One of the big problems we have in Puerto Rico is the worldview that the population has in relation to the functions of the state. We have become accustomed to seeing the government as the one that has to solve social problems, we justify its meddling in economic aspects and we even pay homage to politicians by treating them with certain airs of royalty.

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