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The Economic Development of Latin America since Independence

Luis Bértola, José Antonio Ocampo

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Latin America is attracting increasing interest due to the strong economic performance of the last decade and to the political changes that are taking place. This book gives a unique, comprehensive, and up to date view of Latin America economic development over the two centuries since Independence. It considers Latin American economies within the wider context of the international economy, and covers economic growth, international trade, capital flows, and trends in inequality and human development.

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ISBN-10: 0199662134
ISBN-13: 9780199662135


With chapters that cover different eras, it traces the major developments of Latin American countries and offers a novel and coherent interpretation of the economic history of the region. It combines a wealth of original research, new perspectives, and empirical information to provide a synthesis of the growing literature that both complements and extends previous studies.

Readership: Academics, graduate students, and policy makers interested in economics, political economy, and public policy in Latin America. 

About the Authors

José Antonio Ocampo
Professor of International and Public Affairs
School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University

Jose Antonio Ocampo is Co-President of IPD, Professor of Professional Practice in the School of International and Public Affairs, and Fellow of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. Prior to his appointment at Columbia, Professor Ocampo served as the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, and head of UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), as Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and has held a number of high-level posts in the Government of Colombia, including Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Director of the National Planning Department, and Minister of Agriculture . Professor Ocampo is author or editor of over 30 books and has published over 200 scholarly articles on macroeconomic theory and policy, international financial issues, economic development, international trade, and Colombian and Latin American economic history.

Luis Bértola
Economic and Social History Programme
Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay

Luis Bértola is Professor in the Economic and Social History Programme at Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay. He is also Visiting Professor at Gothenburg University and Editor of the Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History Review, and the Montevideo-Oxford Latin American Economic History Database. He is a member of the bureau of the International Economic History Association. 

Publication Information

Type Books
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Posted 12/17/12
Publisher Oxford University Press
Year 2012
# Pages 312pp