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"Headwinds to Growth": The IMF Program in Ecuador


July 2019, Mark Weisbrot and Andrés Arauz

This report examines Ecuador’s March 2019 agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and finds that Ecuador is likely to have lower GDP per capita, higher unemployment, and increased macroeconomic instability under the program. Even the program itself, the authors note, projects Ecuador to have a recession this year and increased unemployment for each of the first three years of the program. But these projections are optimistic, the report concludes.

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