Chile’s economic “miracle” has lifted Chileans from poverty and become a fiscal model for Latin America. Since 1990, Chile’s poverty level has fallen from 45 percent to 13 percent.
But the creation and rise of the middle class has deepened the divide between rich and poor. Middle class Chileans are under more stress, working longer hours and increasingly less equal.
Martin Savidge hosts Peter Winn and Victoria Hurtado on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 12 p.m. EST to discuss the underside of Chile’s prosperity, focusing on the middle class, the persistent inequality and the youth generation.
Victoria Hurtado is a lawyer from Universidad de Chile who worked at the finance minister and teaches about democracy and governance at Universidad Adolfo Ibañez. She is the founder of the websites Tendencias Politicas and Orbitando, which monitor more than 30,000 Chilean blogs. She has also published two bilingual children books “The Vegetarian Mosquito” and “The Psychic Penguin” to enhance values for global citizens. Currently, she collaborates as a writer for "Que Pasa" Magazine in Chile.
Peter Winn is professor of history and international relations at Tufts University. He is also a senior research associate at Columbia University’s Institute of Latin American Studies and an affiliate of Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center of Latin American Studies. Winn has authored and edited several books on Latin America, including the oral history of Allende’s Chile, Weavers of Revolution, and Victims of the Chilean Miracle: Workers and Neoliberalism in the Pinochet Era.
Host: Martin Savidge
Producers: Lisa Biagiotti and Ben Piven
Researcher: Geneva Sands-Sadowitz