Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean 2006-2007

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The publication surveys the main economic events and developments of 2006 and the first half of 2007 in the light of the region’s recent economic performance. The fifty-ninth edition of the survey is aimed to provide further inputs for the economic debates concerning means of promoting a rapid, sustainable growth process capable of creating conditions conducive to an improvement in the living conditions in the region. It also describes various aspects of the regions economic growth dynamics. The tables provided in the statistical appendix provide ready access to data for recent years and facilitate the creation of spreadsheets. The edition is supplemented by a CD-ROM.




Economic growth accelerated from to 4.1% in 2005 to 6% in 2006 —its highest rate since 1993. This buoyant performance reflected rises in investment and private consumption fuelled by significant inflows of family remittances (which represent 26% of GDP). Per capita GDP rose for the third year running, while the nationwide unemployment rate dropped to 3.3%, although underemployment remained high (29.9%). Twelve-month inflation fell to 5.3%, compared with 7.7% in 2005. In the external sector, the trade deficit reached at 26% of GDP (21% in 2005). Given that the trade and income deficits were financed using current transfers, the current-account deficit was relatively small (1.9% of GDP).


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