ECON 226 Economic Development and Change in Latin America (Not offered 1999-2000)*

Latin America has been characterized by highly uneven economic development, frequent conflict, and rapid change. This course will examine several competing explanations of the persistent problems of Latin-American economic development and the role and limits of the state in implementing policies to address these problems. Topics to be discussed include the colonial legacy, political economy of import substitution industrialization, populist and revolutionary experiments and reaction against them, agrarian reform, the debt crisis, the winners and losers from structural adjustment programs, trade liberalization and NAFTA, state reform, decentralization, and targeted poverty alleviation programs. Evaluation will be based on a short review essay, a term paper, and a final exam.

Prerequisite: Economics 101. Enrollment limited to 40.