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THE ATLAS NETWORK BOOK REVIEW: LÓPEZ OBRADOR AND THE END OF MAKE-BELIEVE

December 12, 2019

“The reality of a Mexican in the face of power is reminiscent of the famous exchange between former Argentinian president Carlos Menem and the mother of singer Facundo Cabral: reportedly, Menem warmly greeted the singer’s mother with pleasantries: “Madam, I am a great admirer of your son. Please tell me if there is anything I can do for you.” After a brief silence, the mother allegedly replied, “Not screwing me would suffice.”

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BULGARIAN LIBERTARIAN SOCIETY BLOCKS VAT TAX ON FOOD VOUCHERS

December 9, 2019

A 20 percent VAT tax on food vouchers in Bulgaria has been blocked, thanks to the efforts of Bulgarian Libertarian Society (BLS), an Atlas Network partner in the country’s capital city of Sofia. Food vouchers are a common employee benefit in Bulgaria, and research shows that distribution increases motivation and job satisfaction while helping employees and their families meet their daily needs.

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ALTERNATIVES TO THE NEW SCIENTISM IN DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS

December 9, 2019 | by Matt Warner

When Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo were announced as two of this year’s Nobel Prize winners, it prompted a fresh flurry of public critiques of their work in development economics. From voices as diverse as Oxfam’s Duncan Green and Marginal Revolution’s Alex Tabarrok, many economists and aid experts have cautioned against pinning all our poverty reduction hopes on their findings.

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WHY EGYPT IS NOT ON A PATH TO END ITS LONG STRUGGLE WITH POVERTY

December 9, 2019 | by Mahmoud Farouk

In 1979, Fouad Ajami wrote that Egypt finds herself between her “pride and place, between her limited material resources and her unbounded psychological esteem for herself, between her old glory and her current poverty." Forty years later, Egyptians are still immersed in the same contrast, and their struggle to leave poverty is still evident. The economic figures such as GDP coming from Egypt in the last three years raise three questions: 1) Is the Egyptian government on the right track to end its long-standing struggle with poverty, or are the figures nothing but recurrence of the previous wave of economic improvement before 2011? 2) Why are Egyptians unhappy with the recent reforms? and 3) What are the missing policies to make Egyptian society benefit from economic reforms?

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COSTA RICA CUTS ITS LUXURY PENSION SCHEME

December 9, 2019

The Costa Rican Legislature recently approved a bill that will cut luxury pensions to over 4,000 retirees. The bill takes aim at a group of pensioners dubbed “Ticos Con Coronas,” (Costa Ricans with Crowns) who receive an average monthly pension of US$4,495, with some receiving more than US$24,000 per month. Instituto de Desarrollo Empresarial y Accion Social (IDEAS), an Atlas Network partner in Costa Rica, has been leading the charge to roll back these excessive luxury pensions.

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BENDUKIDZE FREE MARKET CENTER MARKS 6 YEARS SINCE MAIDAN MASSACRE

December 6, 2019

Bendukidze Free Market Center (BFMC), an Atlas Network partner in Ukraine, recently produced Зима, що нас змінила: шість років після Майдану (The Winter That Changed Us: Six Years After Maidan), a new documentary about 2014’s Revolution of Dignity, which was sparked by the Maidan Massacre.

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INSTITUTO ACTON’S POVERTY UNIVERSITY SHOWS CONNECTION BETWEEN ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND HUMAN DIGNITY

December 6, 2019

On November 9th, Instituto Acton’s Poverty University brought scholars, think tank leaders, and other friends of liberty to a day-long forum in Tucumán, Argentina. The program, which focused on ways to alleviate poverty through free enterprise and investment, featured screenings of the PovertyCure lecture series, lectures from high-profile speakers, and discussions on international development.

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