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July 23, 2021

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Argentina: Special Analysis on Lithium in Argentina

BY Alejandro Giacoia, Andrés Borenstein, Miguel A. Kiguel, Lorena Giorgio, Isaías Marini

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I. The economy and the elections: playing poker with no aces?

The electoral calendar is moving ahead, and soon we will know the candidates for the primaries that will take place on September 12th. These elections are important. They should decide whether the government can get closer to having a majority in the Lower House, a situation that would allow to pass laws in Congress and consolidate its power. The main risk is the more hawkish wing advancing its institutional agenda, allowing for involvement in the judiciary system, and having more leeway to increase the power of an interventionist state.

II. How important is lithium for Argentina?

Lithium is on fashion. Lithium is used in a wide range of industries and with different purposes, from production of ceramics, glass, lubricants to Li-ion batteries. Although global interest in this metal is not new, it has gained significant momentum in the last decade as rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are used for powering cell phones, laptops, tablets -pretty much all electronic portable devices we use daily- and especially for electric cars.

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( 2 mins) On September 15, 3 days after the primary elections, Congress will receive from Martín Guzmán the budget bill for 2022. Although the budget has not traditionally had the importance in Argentina that it usually has

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