Tag Archives: economics

Why Does Nicolas Maduro Get No Respect?

Posted on 31. Jul, 2017 by .

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An essay challenging the conventional wisdom that Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is inept, but rather a brilliant strategist and political operator.

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Peru is Rich as F%#!: Three Maidservants in Three Months

Posted on 01. May, 2017 by .

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After firing my first maidservant in January, our difficulty in finding a babysitter and domestic maidservant illustrates the changing economy in Peru.

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Argentina Outlook for Expats in 2017

Posted on 15. Apr, 2017 by .

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Transcripts from two in-depth interviews from expats in Buenos Aires about life and inflation in Argentina under business-friendly President Mauricio Macri.

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Case Study: Peru Hardware Chain’s (lack of) Quality Control

Posted on 08. Mar, 2017 by .

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A look at unbelievably shoddy quality in a simple clothes rack which caused grave injury to my maidservant which required 10 stitches.

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Peru’s President Embarrasses Venezuela Regime

Posted on 08. Mar, 2017 by .

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My latest piece on Caracas Chronicles explains why President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is leading the region in calling for regime change in Venezuela.

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Peru is Rich as F%#!: Five Varieties of Doritos

Posted on 02. Mar, 2017 by .

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Frito-Lay has introduced its fourth and fifth varieties of Doritos corn chips. Part of a series examining how “emerging” Peru’s economy is.

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The Ultimate Expat-vs.-Immigrant Test

Posted on 01. Mar, 2017 by .

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The ultimate test to see whether you are an “expat” or an “immigrant” — and why race has nothing to do with it.

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My First Maidservant in Latin America

Posted on 23. Feb, 2017 by .

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The story of my first empleada, or maidservant, in Latin America. I was 100% completely satisfied, and I fired her after six months.

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Peru is Rich as F%#!: $20 for Water

Posted on 16. Feb, 2017 by .

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Short vignette on how I spent $20 on water during lunch in Lima, Peru on Valentine’s Day.

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Corruption: NOT Business as Usual in Latin America

Posted on 06. Feb, 2017 by .

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A look at the major shift in attitudes toward public corruption in Latin America.

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Peru is Rich as F%#!: Worthless Diapers

Posted on 26. Jan, 2017 by .

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Anecdote about my failure to sell brand-new diapers in an informal market in Lima illustrates rising buying power of middle-class Peru.

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‘Economic War’ from Allende’s Chile to Chavista Venezuela

Posted on 05. Jan, 2017 by .

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Excerpts from Isabel Allende’s novel, “The House of the Spirits,” serve as an excellent look at what inspires socialists’ alleged “economic wars.”

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