The Threefold Challenge to the Puerto Rican Economy

The Puerto Rican economy is simultaneously recovering from three systemic shocks: the COVID-19 pandemic, the considerable damage inflicted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and the upcoming creditor’s vote on the Plan of Adjustment negotiated by the FOMB.

Puerto Rico ¿paraíso fiscal?

La actividad de Puerto Rico como jurisdicción de bajas tasas impositivas para empresas multinacionales (EMN) de EEUU está levantando ronchas a nivel internacional. En este escrito exponemos lo que está en juego para la isla.

PROMESA: A Failed Colonial Experiment?

On June 30, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Puerto Rico Oversight and Management Economic Stability Act. As we look back and take stock of the events that have taken place since 2016, the unavoidable conclusion is that the territorial bankruptcy regime set up by that law has failed to achieve most of the goals set forth by its authors.

Taking Stock of Puerto Rico’s Reconstruction Process

It has been about three years and eight months since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017. It is a good time as any, to take stock of the post-storm reconstruction and recovery process as we approach the beginning of yet another hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean.

Federal Funds Anchor New Fiscal Plan

The FOMB for Puerto Rico certified a new fiscal plan for the central government on Friday, April 23. The new Fiscal Plan, just like the others, is based on four core elements: (1) budget consolidation (spending cuts and revenue increases); (2) structural reforms; (3) debt relief; and (4) federal funding for disaster relief and COVID-19 assistance.

El debate del PUA y el regreso al trabajo: ¿una falsa dicotomía?

De la reciente discusión pública en Puerto Rico sobre la Asistencia por Desempleo Pandémico y el retorno a los centros de trabajo parecería como si las prestaciones sociales fueran una especie de anatema para la inserción en el mercado laboral.  Ambas, sin embargo, deben mirarse de forma interrelacionada y requieren de una fina calibración por parte de los gobiernos.

A Short Note on Post-COVID Forecasting

There is no way to understate the profound impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our individual and collective lives. It is no surprise, then, that governments, businesses, and households are anxious to overcome this situation.