Another Look at the PREPA-LUMA Agreement

CNE already published an extensive analysis of the operation and maintenance agreement, back on August 2020. Our objective with this new analysis is to provide a succinct evaluation of the situation today, analyze the options available to the government of Puerto Rico, and hopefully clarify some of the confusion surrounding the operation of this public-private partnership agreement.

2022 – The Opportunity of a Generation for Puerto Rico

Several trends are currently converging, both worldwide and in Puerto Rico, to create the conditions for a rethinking of the process of economic growth and development. In this piece, we take a look at the current conditions, the risks, and the context in which these trends are developing.

Who Gets Emergency Housing Relief? An Analysis of FEMA Individual Assistance Data After Hurricane María

In May of 2022, the Housing Policy Debate journal published a research article carried out by CNE’s research unit. This article contributes to the critical task of revealing postdisaster damages and reconstruction trends through a detailed examination of housing and personal property damages and benefits received through FEMAS’s Individual Assistance Program after Hurricane María.

Tax Reform (Again)

The consensus in Puerto Rico is that a broad-based tax reform is long overdue. It is important to understand, however, that tax policy involves difficult trade-offs among various objectives. We at the Center for a New Economy believe the following principles should guide any tax reform effort in Puerto Rico.

PREPA’s Debt Restructuring – What’s Next?

In this policy brief, we take a look at the current state of PREPA’s debt restructuring process and offer some recommendations about what a good PREPA debt restructuring transaction should (and shouldn’t) include.

Selected Highlights of the Fiscal Plan for Fiscal Year 2022

On January 27, 2022, the Fiscal Oversight and Management Board (“FOMB”) for Puerto Rico certified a new Fiscal Plan for Fiscal Year 2022. In this report, we highlight for our readers some of the most important components of the Fiscal Plan.

Tracking Neighborhood Change in Geographies of Opportunity for Post-Disaster Legacy Cities: A Case Study of San Juan, Puerto Rico

In January of 2022, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy published a working paper carried out by CNE’s research unit on “Tracking Neighborhood Change in Geographies of Opportunity for Post-Disaster Legacy Cities”. Using the San Juan Metropolitan Area (SJMA) as a case study, we measured how different indicators for neighborhood change are associated with storm impacts, specifically those stemming from Hurricane María, and the geographical distribution of opportunities.