Economy and Development

Chile to Implement Carbon Tax Complimenting the Latin American Trend of Environmental Reform

October 13, 2016

On September 26th, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed into law a new environmental tax on carbon emissions, making Chile the first South American country to enact such legislation. The tax is targeting the country’s power sector, which is dominated by nearly 80 percent by fossil fuels.1 It is aimed at thermal plants with installed capacities of 50 megawatts or more. Plants of this size will be charged USD $5 per ton of CO2 released, exempting smaller plants and those fueled by biomass.1

La Negociación Colectiva en el Primer Gobierno de Izquierda del Uruguay

October 12, 2016

En un artículo que publicamos en la revista Latin American Research Review analizamos los principales cambios realizados a los formatos de negociación colectiva ensayados en Uruguay a partir de 2005, cuando asumió la presidencia Tabaré Vázquez, el candidato del Frente Amplio. Vázquez lideraría el primer gobierno de izquierda en el país.1   

As Brazil's Economy Slumps, What to Expect From Rousseff

October 12, 2016

This October Dilma Rousseff was re-elected as Brazil’s president by the slimmest of margins.  With approximately 51.4 percent of the vote she beat competitor Aécio Neves of the Social Democracy party (PSDB) who received about 48.5 percent.1 The election reveals Brazil’s clear divide amongst the population with regard to the direction of the country as evidenced by her victory speech in which she admitted that she wants to be “a much better president than I have been until now.”2


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