Differential minimum wages in Colombia?

We are coming close to the time when the increase in the Colombian minimum wage for 2008 is decided. Every year, the raise in the minimum wage is negotiated within the “Permanent Commission for the Negotiation of Wage and Labor Policies”. The negotiation is supposed to take into account inflation and productivity growth to set […]

Bogota and the dictator’s grandson

With elections for Bogota’s Mayor approaching in less than a week, Bogotanians have been shocked by a recent statement of the most likely winner of the electoral race. In a public debate last Sunday, Samuel Moreno said he would be willing to buy votes if by doing so he knew he would spare Bogota from […]

Colombia’s official statistics: Autonomy and accountability at risk?

Colombia’s national bureau of statistics (DANE) has a new director. Besides the challenges natural to directing any statistical agency, Héctor Maldonado will have to face unusually difficult times. Both DANE’s independence and the quality of some of the statistics it produces have been recently put into question. The last two directors of DANE have resigned […]