The Oxford Handbook of Latin American Economics

Paperback | September 21, 2014

EditorJose Antonio Ocampo, Jaime Ros

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Latin America has been central to the main debates on development economics, ranging from the relationships between income inequality and economic growth, and the importance of geography versus institutions in development, to debates on the effects of trade, trade openness and protection ongrowth and income distribution. Despite increasing interest in the region there are few English language books on Latin American economics. This Handbook, organized into five parts, aims to fill this significant gap. Part I looks at long-term issues, including the institutional roots of Latin America's underdevelopment, the political economy of policy making, the rise, decline and re-emergence of alternative paradigms, and the environmental sustainability of the development pattern. Part II considersmacroeconomic topics, including the management of capital account booms and busts, the evolution and performance of exchange rate regimes, the advances and challenges of monetary policies and financial development, and the major fiscal policy issues confronting the region, including a comparison ofLatin American fiscal accounts with those of the OECD. Part III analyzes the region's economies in global context, particularly the role of Latin America in the world trade system and the effects of dependence on natural resources (characteristic of many countries of the region) on growth and humandevelopment. It reviews the trends of foreign direct investment, the opportunities and challenges raised by the emergence of China as buyer of the region's commodities and competitor in the world market, and the transformation of the Latin America from a region of immigration to one of massiveemigration. Part IV deals with matters of productive development. At the aggregate level it analyzes issues of technological catching up and divergence as well as different perspectives on the poor productivity and growth performance of the region during recent decades. At the sectoral level, itlooks at agricultural policies and performance, the problems and prospects of the energy sector, and the effects on growth of lagging infrastructure development. Part V looks at the social dimensions of development; it analyzes the evolution of income inequality, poverty, and economic insecurity inthe region, the evolution of labor markets and the performance of the educational sector, as well as the evolution of social assistance programs and social security reforms in the region. The contributors are leading researchers that belong to different schools of economic thought and most come from countries throughout Latin America, representing a range of views and recognising the diversity of the region. This Handbook is a significant contribution to the field, and will be ofinterest to academics, graduate students and policy makers interested in economics, political economy, and public policy in Latin America and other developing economies.

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Latin America has been central to the main debates on development economics, ranging from the relationships between income inequality and economic growth, and the importance of geography versus institutions in development, to debates on the effects of trade, trade openness and protection ongrowth and income distribution. Despite increa...

Jose Antonio Ocampo is Professor and Director of the Economic and Political Development Program at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and Member of the Committee on Global Thought, and Co-President of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University, New York. He is a former Under-Secretary-General of the ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:960 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.01 inPublished:September 21, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: Development Paradigms and Long-term Growth Performance1. Jose Antonio Ocampo and Jaime Ros: Shifting Paradigms in Latin America's Economic Development2. Luis Bertola: Institutions and the Historical Roots of Latin American Divergence3. Mariano Tommasi, Martin Ardanaz, and Carlos Scartascini: Political Institutions, Policymaking, and Economic Policy in Latin America4. Nancy Birdsall, Augusto de la Torre, and Felipe Valencia Caicedo: The Washington Consensus: Assessing A 'Damaged Brand'5. Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira: From Old to New Developmentalism in Latin America6. Carlos de Miguel and Osvaldo Sunkel: Environmental SustainabilityPart II. Macroeconomics and Finance7. Ricardo Ffrench-Davis and Stephany Griffith-Jones: Taming Capital Account Shocks: Managing Booms and Busts8. Roberto Frenkel and Martin Rapetti: Exchange Rate Regimes in Latin America9. Pablo Garcia and Manuel Marfan: Monetary Policy in Latin America: Performance under Crisis and the Challenges of Exuberance10. Jose Maria Fanelli: Domestic Financial Development in Latin America11. Guillermo Perry and Mauricio Cardenas: Fiscal Policy in Latin America12. Javier Santiso and Pablo Zoido: Fiscal Legitimacy, Inequalities and Democratic Consolidation in Latin AmericaPart III: Integration into the World Economy13. Diana Tussie: Latin America in the World Trade System14. Paolo Giordano and Robert Devlin: Regional Integration15. Eduardo Lora: The Effects of Trade Liberalization on Growth, Employment and Wages16. Edmar Bacha and Albert Fishlow: Recent Commodity Price Boom and Latin American Growth: More than New Bottles for an Old Wine?17. Francisco Rodriguez and Jose Gregorio Pineda: Curse or Blessing? Natural Resources and Human Development18. Joao Carlos Ferraz, Michael Mortimore and Marcia Tavares: Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America.19. Kevin Gallagher and Roberto Porzecanski: China and the Future of Latin American Economic Development20. Alejandro Canales: Latin America in the Recent Wave of International MigrationPart IV: Productive Sector Development21. Ricardo Hausmann: Structural Transformation and Economic Growth in Latin America22. Mario Cimoli and Gabriel Porcile: Learning, Technological Capabilities and Structural Dynamics23. Jose Gabriel Palma: Why Has Productivity Growth Stagnated In Most Latin American Countries Since The Neo-Liberal Reforms?24. Salomon Salcedo, Fernando Soto-Baquero, Jose Graziano da Silva, Rodrigo Castaneda, and Sergio Gomez: Agricultural and Rural Development25. Humberto Campodonico: An Energy Panorama of Latin America26. Cesar Calderon and Luis Serven: Infrastructure in Latin AmericaPart V: Social Development27. Leonardo Gasparini and Nora Lustig: The Rise and Fall of Income Inequality in Latin America28. Rebeca Grynspan and Luis Felipe Lopez Calva: Multidimensional Poverty in Latin America: Concept, Measurement and Policy29. Robert Vos: Economic Insecurity and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean30. Victor Tokman: Employment: The Dominance of the Informal Economy31. Maria Victoria Murillo, Lucas Ronconi, and Andrew Schrank: Latin American Labor Reforms: Evaluating Risk and Security32. Miguel Urquiola: Education33. Francisco Ferreira and David Robalino: Social Assistance in Latin America: Achievements and Limitations34. Andras Uthoff: Social Security Reforms in Latin America