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Introduction and overview of key regional and country facts. The economic structure of Latin American countries (lectures 1 and 2).
Readings

  • Bulmer-Thomas V. (1995). “Latin America economic development: an overview” in The Economic History of Latin America since independence. Cambridge University Press.

Development stages. From export-oriented to inward-industrialization strategies (lectures 3 and 4).
Readings

  • Bértola L and Williamson J.G. (2003), “Globalization in Latin America Before 1940”, in Bulmer- Thomas V. Coatsworth, J. and Cortés Conde R. (eds), Cambridge Economic History of Latin America. Cambridge University Press.
  • Hirschman, A. (1986), “The political economy of Latin American Development: seven exercises in retrospection. WP 88, Kellogg Institute.
  • Baer W (1972). “Import Substitution and Industrialization in Latin America: Experiences and Interpretations”, Latin American Research Review vol. 7 (Spring): 95-122.
  • Bulmer-Thomas V. (1995). The Economic History of Latin America since independence. Chapters 3 and 9. Cambridge University Press.

The external constraint and the reform process. The financial deregulation experiences of Southern Cone in the 1970s. Debt crisis and the stabilization programs (lecture 5).
Readings

  • Devlin R and French-Davis R (1995). "The great Latin America debt crisis: a decade of asymmetric adjustment", Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, vol. 15 n 3.
  • Ocampo J A (2014). "The Latin American Debt Crisis in Historical Perspective" in Heymann D and Stiglitz J, Life After Debt The Origins and Resolutions of Debt Crisis, Palgrave Macmillan.

The Politics of market-oriented reform, Structural Adjustment and market-crashes in the 1990s (lecture 6).
Readings

  • Williamson J (1992). "What Washington Means by Policy Reform", in J. Williamson (ed.), Latin American Adjustment: How Much Has Happened?. Peterson Institute for International Economics.
  • Moreno-Brid J C, Pérez Caldentey E & Ruíz Nápoles, P (2004). "The Washington consensus: a Latin American perspective fifteen years later," Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, M.E. Sharpe, Inc., vol. 27(2), pages 345-365, December.

The financial architecture. Financial instability and currency crises. Fiscal and monetary interactions. Public debt crisis (lectures 7 and 8).
Readings

  • Frenkel R (2003). "Globalization and Financial crises in Latin America", CEPAL Review 80
  • IADB (2015). The Labyrinth. How Can Latin America and the Caribbean Navigate the Global Economy. InterAmerican Development Bank.

The domestic and external growth drivers. Participation in global value chains: Latin America in the world economy. The growing influence of China (lecture 9).
Readings

  • ECLAC (2015). Latin America and the Caribbean and China: towards a new era in economic cooperation. United Nations. Printed in Santiago, Chile.
  • IADB (2014). Synchronized Factories. Latin America and the Caribbean in the Era of Global Value Chains. Chapter 2.
  • ECLAC (2014). Global value chains and world trade: Prospects and challenges for Latin America. United Nations. Printed in Santiago, Chile

Income distribution and poverty trends in Latin America (lecture 10).
Readings

  • Lopez H and Perry G (2008). Inequality in Latin America: Determinants and Consequences. Policy Research Working Paper 4504.  The World Bank.
  • Gasparini L and Lustig N (2011). The Rise and fall of Income Inequality in Latin America. Tulane Economics Working Paper Series.

Regional integration in Latin America. The financial and economic regional architecture (lecture 11).
Readings

  • Baumann R (2008). Integration in Latin America – Trends and Challenges. ECLAC, office in Brazil.
  • Davenne O (2009). The Politics of Regional Integration in Latin America: Theoretical and Comparative Explorations. Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy. Palgrave Macmillan. Selected chapters.

Prospects for Latin America. Natural resources, demographic trends and geopolitical issues (lecture 12).
Readings

  • Bárcena A (2010). “Structural Constraints on Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: a post - crisis reflection” CEPAL Review N°100. Santiago de Chile.
  • ECLAC (2014). Compacts for Equality: Towards a Sustainable Future. ECLAC.

short biography

Senior economist at Société Générale, Edgardo Torija Zane is specialized in international monetary economics. He previously worked at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and was Senior Manager of International Agreements at the Central Bank of Argentina. Edgardo Torija Zane graduated from the Faculty of Economic Sciences- University of Buenos Aires in 2000 with highest honors and obtained a PhD in Economics at of the University Paris Dauphine.