Nadie hablará de los que dejaron de ser pobres

State subsidies were abolished. Private businesses were allowed to operate again. Businessmen, investors, and employees could keep their profits and wages. Farmers could sell their produce on the open market and keep the proceeds instead of giving them up to the state. The results were spectacular. It took some time for a middle class to emerge, but from 1993 to 2004, the percentage of Vietnamese living in poverty dropped from 60 percent to 20 percent. Before Doi Moi, the command economy contracted, and inflation topped out at over 700 percent; it would eventually shrink to single digits. After years of chronic rice shortages, Vietnam became the world’s second-largest exporter of rice, after Thailand. Progress hasn’t slowed. In 2013, Vietnam’s economy grew by 8.25 percent.

De esas cosas que ponen los pelos de punta cuando explicas que es el comercio la mayor maquinaria de acabar con los pobres. Es inútil, se emocionan con Maduro y se emborrachan de desigualdad consumida en forma de thriller. Es el relato de un visitante a Hanoi. No hay enlaces a los datos pero, en todo caso, este tipo de análisis nunca abre la portada de un telediario al tiempo que empezarán a explicarte que no es un paraíso y que los hombres siguen siendo crueles. Ya.

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