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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Lecture: "Deja Vu, Latin America and its New Trade Dependency"

Mon, October 1, 2012 • 12:00 PM • Hackett Room, SRH 1.313

Dr. Jaime Ortiz will examine the sources of economic growth for a group of Latin American countries in relation to their export performance in China. The analytical framework is based on an econometric model that confirms that a favorable export record with China represent a positive source of growth for Latin America. However, it also creates long-run dependability conditions in terms of reduced prices and thinner profits that weaken its growth capacity. Latin American countries must seek product diversification away from their current commodity base and aggressively climb up the value chain to remain competitive worldwide.

Discussant: Alejandro Drexler, Department of Finance

Dr. Ortiz holds degrees from Universidad de Chile, Institute of Social Studies–The Netherlands, and Virginia Tech. He is the Vice President of the Texas International Education Consortium and has held faculty and administrative appointments at universities in Florida, New Jersey, and Texas. Dr. Ortiz has previously worked for international organizations, private corporations, and non-government entities in economic and business matters. He is the author, co-author, or editor of books, book chapters, textbooks, research monographs, technical reports, and refereed journal articles on economic growth and development, global investment decisions, identification of sources and origins of technical change, and international education. Dr. Ortiz has been a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa and India and MSI Leadership Fellow with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

For more information, contact Paloma Diaz.

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