Puerto Rico Economic Pulse ©

February 1999: Understanding the PR Budget for 2000

An easy-reading guide to a hard to read document

Great social reforms, mega projects for infrastructure, and a widening gap between recurrent revenues and expenses, but how will all this be paid for? An analysis of the complex $20b PR Budget for year 2000 provides some answers and raises many more questions. By focusing on the economic consequences of trends in revenues and expenses we provide the reader insights into the size of the budget; how we compare with other countries, how are we financing it; and how much is paid for by taxpayers, federal government, public debt. Find out whether in fact there is a balanced budget, not only in terms of revenues and expenses but indeed, in terms of economic priorities.

Puerto Rico Economic Pulse ©

January 1999: The Euro Challenge

What the new European currency means to the US dollar – and you

The power of Europe’s new single currency, the Euro, to transform global political and financial markets is not to be underestimated. Participating countries of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) account for 18.6% of world trade and produce 19.4% of world GDP. The Euro is expected to generate growth primarily within Europe but also spilling over to the rest of the world.  The Euro will challenge the US dollar supremacy as international reserve currency.  Will competition between Euro and dollar push interest rates and inflation in PR?  Find out how the Euro will impact Puerto Rico’s exports, prices, and interest rates.