The Economic History of Latin America
HP032 | Spring | 6ECTS
This course will be taught in the first 7 weeks of the semester, with 2 meetings per week. The course examines chief problems of long-term development in Latin American history. Selected readings on colonialism, labor regimes, the impact of independence, export-led growth, human capital formation, import-substituing industrialization, and the erratic policies that led to the debt crisis and to neo-liberalism will be examined and discussed. The course requires some familiarity with basic concepts of economic growth and social/human development. Some prior knowledge of Latin American geography and history is advised. Though the course privileges quantitative studies in economic history as well as neo-institutional approaches, each topic will require the discussion of certain theories, concepts, and ideologies to better understand the materials.