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Milei’s Shock Therapy: Argentina’s Economy Takes a Hit after Price Increase

BySamantha Jones

Apr 3, 2024
4 Major Obstacles Ahead for Milei’s Economic Overhaul in Argentina

Since taking office on Dec. 10, Argentina’s new president, Javier Milei, has implemented drastic measures to stabilize the country’s struggling economy. During his campaign, he warned voters that his “shock therapy” approach would be painful and this prediction has proven to be true.

Milei’s aggressive approach has led to a significant increase in consumer price inflation. Prices have risen 71% through February and 276% from a year earlier. This surge in prices can be attributed to Milei’s decision to scrap price controls, devalue the currency, and cut subsidies that previously kept transportation and utility bills affordable.

While Wall Street investors have reacted positively to Milei’s reforms and pushed Argentina bond prices higher, the general population has been hit hard by the economic consequences. Consumer spending has plummeted as inflation erodes wages and pension payments. As a result, Argentina has now entered its sixth recession in the past decade.

Milei defends his aggressive approach by stating that it is necessary to undo the damage caused by his predecessors. He places blame on them for the country’s poverty rate, which is now nearing 42%, a significant increase from 26% in 2017 and just below the peak experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, critics argue that Milei’s policies have only exacerbated existing problems and pushed more people into poverty.

By Samantha Jones

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