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Argentina is a relatively rich country. Yet despite this wealth, it is also a country with a relatively high level of poverty. Since 1991, the country has gone through a period of adjustment that has led to a remarkably sharp drop in the rate of inflation, the privatization of state-owned industries, and the opening of the economy to foreign commerce. All of these adjustments have affected the poor, particularly through their effects on labor demand. Added to these shocks have been the recurrence of economic crisis, particularly in 1995 and 1998, which have also slowed the growth process.

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