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

Spring 2004

LAS 355 • CONTEMP LAT AMER ECONOMICS-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36523 T
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
BRB 2.136
MERCADO

Course Description

The course will focus on contemporary issues and prospects of Latin American economies, with a strong empirical and policy analysis orientation. We will cover the recent developments and prospects of Latin American labor markets, income distribution and poverty, domestic and foreign investment, international migration, trade and regional integration, government spending and resources, the financial system, money, debt and macroeconomic policy. For each topic, we will review and discuss some basic theoretical concepts and quantitative tools to frame the analysis, to later perform an intensive study of the appropriate empirical material reflecting recent Latin American experiences.

Grading Policy

Midterm: 30% of the final grade In Class Presentation (20% of final grade): I will lecture during the first half of the class. For the second half, students will organize in teams of two students each to make a presentation on a specific topic. Research Project (40% of final grade): each two-student team will develop a research project to be completed by the last day of class. The project will consist of a country study or a topical study, 15 to 20 pages long, double spaced (excluding tables, graphs and other additional information), providing a short country or topic background, a diagnostic, and a set of policy recommendations. Each team will make a short in-class presentation of its project at the end of the semester. Class Participation (10% of final grade)

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