Thursday, June 22, 2006
The Center for Economic and Policy Research, a Washington D.C. think tank that often defends Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s policies, has written a letter complaining about a side-remark on Venezuela’s poverty rates I made in a March 9th column. The CEPR objects the fact that “Mr. Oppenheimer has repeatedly claimed that poverty has risen in Venezuela,” which it says is not true. I have looked into this, and you can find my preliminary conclusions in the comments section. I will write a column on this closer to Venezuela’s December elections.