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NS4540 Political Economy of Latin America

Course Outline/Methodology

Course Materials

Supplemental Texts

Reference Works

Country Data


January 4/6

Introduction to the Economies of Latin America and the Caribbean

Most Important Readings

Current Events for Discussion

Other Readings


January 11/13

Historical Long-Run Models of Growth

Most Important Readings

Recent Applications of Main Concepts

Current Events for Discussion

  • Economist, One Way or Another, America's Government Will End up Bailing Out Puerto Rico, The Economist, November 28, 2015

  • Economist, Debt Relief Boosts Growth, But only When it Comes With Conditions, June 20, 2015

  • Levi Vonk, Long Walk to Deportation, Foreign Policy, January 8, 2016

  • Andres Schipai, Petrocarbie: A Legacy that is Both a Legacy and a Curse, Financial Times, April 17, 2015

  • Joe Lehay, Fears Mount that Brazil May Revisit Statist Policies, Financial Times, January 7, 2016

  • The Economist, Automation Angst, Will Machines Put all Humans Out of Work, August 15, 2015

  • Tax Revenue Trends in Asia and Latin America: A Comparative Analysis

    January 19

    Development Concepts/Measures

    Most Important Readings

    Other Readings

    Various Measures of Progress/Well-Being

    Current Events for Discussion

    Indexes to look over

    January 20/25

    Theories of Development

    Most Important Readings

    Other Readings

    January 27, February 1/3/8

    Key Latin American Issues

    Current Developments for Discussion

    Political Economy


    Commodities/External Vulnerability

    China in Latin America

    Macroeconomic Management


    Import Subsitution

    Other Readings

    February 8/10/17

    Current Events for discussion

    Mexico and the Caribbean


  • World Bank, Why is Mexico Poorer than Spain?, Chapter 6 in World Bank, Puzzles of Economic Growth in Sakai in the Texts folder

  • Francisco Gonzalez, Mexico, Chapter 15 in Handbook of Emerging Economies

  • Moises Naim, Good Mexico vs Bad Mexico, Carnegie, November 19, 2014

  • Robert Looney, Mexico on the Ropes, Milken Institute Review, Second Quarter 2011

  • Robert Looney, Give Mexico a Chance, Foriegn Policy, July 16, 2012

  • Pamela Starr, Mexico's Problematic Reforms, Current History, February 2014

  • Adrian Lajous, Mexican Energy Reform, Colombia Center on Global Energy Policy, June 2014


    Puerto Rico

    Dominican Republic/Haiti


    March 7

    South America -- Interior

    Most Important Readings

    March 9/14

    South America -- Pacific





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