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Fall 2013-2014
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Latin American Studies Seminar - Economic Analysis of Latin American Development

Marcos de Almeida Rangel

The course pays close attention to human development, individual behaviors, demographic trends & the welfare impacts of social policy. I propose to look at the microeconomic aspects of the development process in the region & its intricate relation to an evolving social fabric. Economic theory, sociological insights & historical accounts are combined in an attempt to understand the various forces that have shaped economic development in Latin America. The first half of the course looks at historic & macroeconomic issues. The second half of the course digs deeper onto microeconomic issues such as poverty, inequality, education, and corruption.

Sample reading list:
Patrice Franko, The Puzzle of Latin American Economic Development
Eliana Cardoso & Ann Helwege, Latin America's Economy: Diversity, Trends and Conflicts
Inter-American Development Bank, Development beyond Economics: Economic & Social Progress
Gerald M Meier & James E Rauch, Leading Issues in Economic Development Eighth Edition
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
In addition to the required readings, there will be several assignments (reading reactions essays, presentations and a problem set), an in-class midterm exam, and a take-home final exam. The grade will be based 20% on the assignments, 30% on the midterm, and 50% on the final. The midterm will take place in class. If your grade on the final exceeds your grade for the midterm, the final weight changes to 70% and the midterm weight is changed to zero.

Mid Term Exam - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Problem set(s) - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Basic notions of Statistics. Introductory Economics (principles) welcome, but not required..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22871 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm F   Marx Hall   101   Enrolled:10 Limit:25