Felisa Miceli is an Argentine economist, and a former Minister of Economy and Production of Argentina. She was appointed by President Nestor Kirchner on November 28, 2005, in place of Roberto Lavagna, and was the first woman ever to lead that ministry.
Miceli was a student of Lavagna's at the University of Buenos Aires. She was a left-wing activist in the 1960s, and the Director-Secretary of the Bank of the Province of Buenos Aires between 1983 and 1987. She then worked in Lavagna's consultant firm, Ecolatina, in the beginning of the 1990s. In May 2002, during the presidency of Eduardo Duhalde and at the height of the Argentine economic crisis, she became part of Lavagna's team as a representative of the Ministry of Economy before the Central Bank. On May 30, 2003 she became the chairperson of the Banco Nacion.
She was widely considered a follower of Lavagna, and the successful economic policies instituted by the former Minister were expected to continue in force, but Miceli was viewed as more progressive, as well as less independent from the President (with whom Lavagna had had disagreements). In interviews, she stated that the main goal of her administration would be improving income distribution. Argentina's economy grew by an annual 9% during 2004 and 2005, but average wages in real terms are still below the level they had before the devaluation of the Argentine peso in 2002, and poverty, though greatly reduced, is still very high.
Ministry of Economy and Production of Argentina
Biografia de Felisa Miceli
Felisa Miceli, la primera mujer en llegar a Economia
Hecha Bolsa Pagina/12, July 17, 2007
Argentine Economy Minister Miceli Quits Amid Probe
Las ideas de la Ministra de Economia
Argentina markets slide after finance minister quits
El fiscal tiene datos para citar a Miceli La Nacion, July 15, 2007
Cronologia del Escandolo
Renuncio Felisa Miceli
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