The United Nation Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is hosting its 17 th edition of its Summer School on Latin American economies this year in Santiago of Chile, between July 20 and September 30th. Click here for information about the application process. NOTE: The DEADLINE for your application is 29 April 2016. 
In ECLAC’s analytical tradition, production structure, technological progress and trade specialization are the main variables that explain long-run economic and social development. ECLAC’s contributions are part of a tradition in economic theory that combines the Keynesian paradigm with the Schumpeterian and evolutionist traditions. The former pays special attention to income distribution and full employment policies, while the latter focuses on the dynamics of learning, technological innovation and diffusion and its impact on the production patterns. These traditions recognize that industrial and technological policies are crucial to foster developing countries’ convergence with the developed economies in terms of technological capabilities and per capita GDP. In the ECLAC Summer School the participants debate these topics in an open, plural and multidisciplinary framework. They study empirical and theoretical topics focusing recent Latin American economic history and its impacts on economic perspectives and policies.
The Latin America Working Group of the Young Scholars Initiative is supporting the summer school and will organize weeklong activities. During this time, there will be workshops with senior lecturers, Young scholars presentation and the opportunity to interact with the ECLAC researchers and summer school participants.
Accepted young scholars will be able to present their work and attend the classes and discussions the summer school, which will include lectures (professors TBC) with Robert Blecker (American University), Gilberto Tadeu Lima (USP), Tommasso Ciarli (Sussex) and Esteban Perez (ECLAC/UN).
The YSI Call for Papers
This YSI Workshop’s Call for Papers invites contributions on any subject related to the Economy and Development of Latin America and the Caribbean. In particular we are interested in submissions dealing with themes and research discussed in the ECLAC´s summer school on Latin American economies. Possible topics may include:
(i) Debt and Development: The role of FDI in the region, the changing nature of external creditors in the region
(ii) Inclusive Finance: The role of State development banks (e.g. BNDES in Brazil) and micro-credit institutions or traditional banks financing (agricultural) value chains in the region.
(iii) Inequality: Household-income survey analyses of personal income distribution as well as assessment of the shifting factor-income shares due to changing macroeconomic regimes in the region.
(iv) Macroeconomic regimes: Determinants of the various exchange rate regimes at work in the region, and the connection with inflation, the business cycle and growth potential.
(v) Technological gaps: Innovation, imitation and adaptive technological strategies, national systems of innovation, and balance of payments constraints in the region.
(vi) Productive specialization: reprimarization, industrialization around natural resource-based complexes or import substitution industrialization (ISI).
(vii) Schools of Latin American economic thought: structuralism, dependency theory, the role of ECLAC.
Preference will be given for ECLAC´s summer school alumni. We will be able to offer full and partial travel support for selected young scholars. Papers will be accepted in English and Spanish.
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