The Puzzle of Latin American Economic Development

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This textbook offers basic economic tools for students to understand the problems facing the countries of Latin America. After a brief historical overview, Patrice Franko builds a contemporary model of regional development. She explores the contradictions of growth, especially in the context of overcoming intractable problems of poverty, education, health and discrimination. Inviting students to view challenges through the eyes of policy-makers, the text encourages a critical assessment of past and present policy choices. Data exercises promote research skills and highlight the diversity of development experiences in the region. Liberally interspersed with examples and case studies, the author combines theory and its application in the real world. The text simultaneously challenges strong students while clarifying the fundamentals for novices. By exploring the difficult choices facing Latin American policy-makers, the author gives readers interested in economics or in Latin American studies the conceptual means to understand the puzzle of strong, sustainable, and equitable growth in the region.

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Patrice Franko is professor of economics and international studies, Colby College.

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Praise for the First Edition This text has served as an invaluable guide to my course on Latin American economic development, and it has helped to enliven class debates. It is comprehensive, concise, and beautifully written. The book offers clear definitions of numerous concepts and economic development terms that are extremely useful and accessible for students at all levels of learning. I highly recommend it.... (Carol Wise)

Praise for the First Edition This useful text . . . is a welcome addition to the growing list of texts surveying the economics of Latin America. . . . A wealth of details is provided on the author's presentation, which includes numerous charts and graphs on major issues such as privatization, trade, finance, competitiveness, and social policies.... (Choice)

An essential book about Latin American economies. (Latin-Focus)

Praise for the First Edition Patrice Franko's book is engaging, it focuses on important contemporary issues, and it challenges students. This text will serve introductory students well, while also offering sufficient analytical substance and institutional detail for those with more background in economics. It clearly illustrates how economics can help us understand important issues in the region.... (David Schodt)

Praise for the First Edition Patrice Franko's book is engaging, it focuses on important contemporary issues, and it challenges students. This text will serve introductory students well, while also offering sufficient analytical substance and institutional detail for those with more background in economics. It clearly illustrates how economics can help us understand important issues in the region. (David Schodt)

Praise for the First Edition This text has served as an invaluable guide to my course on Latin American economic development, and it has helped to enliven class debates. It is comprehensive, concise, and beautifully written. The book offers clear definitions of numerous concepts and economic development terms that are extremely useful and accessible for students at all levels of learning. I highly recommend it. (Carol Wise)

Praise for the First Edition This useful text . . . is a welcome addition to the growing list of texts surveying the economics of Latin America. . . . A wealth of details is provided on the author's presentation, which includes numerous charts and graphs on major issues such as privatization, trade, finance, competitiveness, and social policies. (Choice)

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