Lighthouse in Puerto Rico

加勒比海的希腊

纽约——曾几何时,我们可以说波多黎各在痛苦的债务危机中回归到拉美源头。毕竟,拉美各国政府曾经是过度负债的世界领袖。但美国的公共债务目前达到GDP的100%,底特律也宣布破产了。或许到最后,波多黎各变得更像美国。

或者说波多黎各变得更像欧洲,因为其债务问题与希腊非常相似。采用欧元后,希腊可以以比北欧国家高不了多少的利率借贷,尽管其财政政策与德国和芬兰有着天壤之别。结果是大量债务积累没有用于投资而是用于当前支出。

美国领土波多黎各同样也被允许借贷太久、借债太多。其政府债在美国各地免税,因此特别吸引美国投资者。投资者不顾岛上越来越危险的财政状况,贪婪地大笔买入。因此据彭博社报道,尽管其经济规模不及堪萨斯,波多黎各债务总额却高达700多亿美元,超过除加利福尼亚和纽约以外的所有美国州政府。

To continue reading, please log in or enter your email address.

Registration is quick and easy and requires only your email address. If you already have an account with us, please log in. Or subscribe now for unlimited access.

required

Log in

http://prosyn.org/3rFHEyl/zh;
  1. China corruption Isaac Lawrence/Getty Images

    The Next Battle in China’s War on Corruption

    • Chinese President Xi Jinping knows well the threat that corruption poses to the authority of the Communist Party of China and the state it controls. 
    • But moving beyond Xi's anti-corruption purge to build robust and lasting anti-graft institutions will not be easy, owing to enduring opportunities for bureaucratic capture.
  2. Italy unemployed demonstration SalvatoreEsposito/Barcroftimages / Barcroft Media via Getty Images

    Putting Europe’s Long-Term Unemployed Back to Work

    Across the European Union, millions of people who are willing and able to work have been unemployed for a year or longer, at great cost to social cohesion and political stability. If the EU is serious about stopping the rise of populism, it will need to do more to ensure that labor markets are working for everyone.

  3. Latin America market Federico Parra/Getty Images

    A Belt and Road for the Americas?

    In a time of global uncertainty, a vision of “made in the Americas” prosperity provides a unifying agenda for the continent. If implemented, the US could reassert its historical leadership among a group of countries that share its fundamental values, as well as an interest in inclusive economic growth and rising living standards.

  4. Startup office Mladlen Antonov/Getty Images

    How Best to Promote Research and Development

    Clearly, there is something appealing about a start-up-based innovation strategy: it feels democratic, accessible, and so California. But it is definitely not the only way to boost research and development, or even the main way, and it is certainly not the way most major innovations in the US came about during the twentieth century.

  5. Trump Trade speech Bill Pugliano/Getty Images .

    Preparing for the Trump Trade Wars

    In the first 11 months of his presidency, Donald Trump has failed to back up his words – or tweets – with action on a variety of fronts. But the rest of the world's governments, and particularly those in Asia and Europe, would be mistaken to assume that he won't follow through on his promised "America First" trade agenda.