Brazilian Journal of Political Economy (2015-06-01)

The boom and crisis of the Convertibility Plan in Argentina

  • SEBASTÍAN PEDRO SALVIA

DOI
https://doi.org/10.1590/0101-31572015v35n02a07
Journal volume & issue
Vol. 35, no. 2
pp. 325 – 342

Abstract

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This article analyses the relationship between state policies and economy in Argentina 1991-2001. In 1991 the currency board regime named 'convertibility' was implemented, within the framework of important neoliberal reforms introduced by the State. These neoliberal reforms facilitated capitalist restructuring, characterized by a leap in productivity, investment and profits. Likewise, these reforms generated imbalances which, along with the changes in the world market conditions from 1998, led to the deepest crisis in Argentina's history. The inefficiency of state neoliberal policies in managing the crisis, based on fiscal adjustment to guarantee the continuity of external financing, led to an economic depression and a financial crash, sparking a mass rebellion and the end of convertibility.

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