Analysis: Investor favorite Chile is rebounding speedily, but large inequality and poverty remain

"There are very positive issues in Chile when compared to the rest of the region," says Elijah Oliveros-Rosen, an economist covering Latin America for S&P Global Ratings.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Seen from the outside, Chile is speeding up its economic rebound from the covid-19 crisis. Figures suggest that activity in the country is approaching pre-pandemic levels.

In recent weeks, as Latin American currencies have depreciated against the dollar, copper exports have boosted the value of the Chilean peso. But within the country, inequality and precariousness that led millions to stage protests in late 2019 have worsened, drawing an uncertain outlook for the near future.

The deepest downturn in the Chilean economy last year occurred in the second quarter, when Gross Domestic Product (GDP) plummeted . . .

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