RaboResearch - Economisch Onderzoek

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Country Report Malaysia (Engelstalig)

The 2013 elections kept the ruling BN coalition in charge of Malaysia, but losing the popular vote gave the coalition a wakeup call. The outlook for economic growth is stable, although the high household debt poses a medium term risk

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Country Report Bermuda (Engelstalig)

Bermuda’s economic performance has been weak in recent years, as the global economic slowdown had a negative impact on the important (re)insurance and tourism sectors.

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Country Report Costa Rica (Engelstalig)

Although Costa Rica’s economic performance is still good, the deterioration of public finances and the inability of the government to implement consolidation measures are reason for concern.

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Country Report Chile (Engelstalig)

In March 2014, Michelle Bachelet will become Chile’s next president. She has an ambitious reform agenda and aims to reform the tax and education system. Despite a slowdown in late 2013, the growth outlook remains relatively good.

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Country Report Lebanon (Engelstalig)

Economic growth was weak at 1.3% in 2013, as violence in Syria spilled over into Lebanon. While a political impasse keeps reforms on hold, the Central Bank’s stimulus package might help improve performance in 2014.

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Country Report Jordan (Engelstalig)

Economic growth is expected to remain subdued at around 3.5-4% in 2014. The budget balance is expected to improve slightly in 2014, but public finances remain too dependent on foreign aid. Meanwhile, Jordan’s position on the conflict in Syria remains uncertain.

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Country Report Uruguay (Engelstalig)

With general elections scheduled in October, 2014 will be an important election year for Uruguay. Meanwhile, several important investment projects have become controversial.

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How to tackle the ‘Custo Brasil’ (Engelstalig)

Due to the so-called “Custo Brasil” Brazil is a relatively expensive place to do business. Three important growth bottlenecks are primarily responsible for this Custo Brasil: the tax system and red tape, lack of good infrastructure and human capital constraints.

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Democracy, Brazilian style (Engelstalig)

Brazil’s political system generally makes it difficult and time-consuming to implement far-reaching reforms. Furthermore, the system seems to be affected by a lot of patronage and corrupt practices. In this report we explain why this is the case.

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Brazil’s social challenges (Engelstalig)

In the past decade, Brazil has managed to substantially bring down its traditionally high levels of inequality and poverty. However, inequality is still high and relatively weak public services result in institutional inequality.

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Brazil’s economic model: In need of a revamp (Engelstalig)

The recent performance of the Brazilian economy has been disappointing. We conclude that consumption and commodity exports cannot continue to drive growth. To reinvigorate its economic model Brazil needs to increase investment and productivity.

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Brazil’s macro economy, past and present (Engelstalig)

Brazil’s has turbulent macroeconomic history. Since the launch of the Plano Real in 1994, Brazil’s macroeconomic environment has become increasingly. However, more recently growth has disappointed.