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Economic Survey of Latin America 1950

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Published since 1948, this report examines various aspects of the previous year’s macroeconomic situation in the region and makes projections for the coming months. The study also includes country notes that review the performance of the main economic indicators in the period analysed.

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A brief glance at new problems arising in Latin America

The present widespread concern in Latin America regarding the accumulation of foreign exchange is a clear symptom of the deeper understanding of concepts of economic development. Formerly any such accumulation would have been welcomed as an opportunity for replacing monetary reserves after a period of disturbing shortage. Now, however, although this view has not entirely disappeared, the stress is rather laid on the need to make immediate use of these exchange receipts for importing capital goods and other commodities indispensable to production. Monetary resources are at present given preference as an instrument of economic development; this change in attitude must have been linked with the experience acquired in certain forms of control compatible with lower monetary reserves than those which formerly appeared to be advisable.

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