Lara Merling

Lara Merling is a research associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and lead author of the 2018 report "Puerto Rico’s New Fiscal Plan: Certain Pain, Uncertain Gain."

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Puerto Rico did not receive the same federal support that US states do, meaning that as the economy worsened, its government had to foot the bill for a large share of social programs.(Photo: ep_jhu/Flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Puerto Rico’s Colonial Legacy and Its Continuing Economic Troubles
When Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria, the island was ill-equipped to handle the storm that claimed thousands of lives and devastated most of the island's infrastructure, leaving it in the dark for months . Prior to the storm, Puerto Rico’s economy had already experienced two decades without...
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Saturday, June 23, 2018
The Pain of Puerto Ricans: A Profit Source for Creditors
Puerto Rico was already in trouble after suffering a “lost decade” without economic growth after 2005, leading to a default on its public debt and mass migration from the island. That was before it got hit with one of the most powerful storms in history, Hurricane Maria, on September 20, 2017,...
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