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YSI Workshop @ 2017 ECLAC Summer School on Latin American Economies

Jul 24–26, 2017 Download .ics

Santiago, Chile |

The YSI Latin America Working Group is hosting a workshop at the United Nations ECLAC Summer School on Latin American economies.

The YSI Latin America Working Group is hosting a workshop “Latin America in a New Global Context” at the ECLAC/UN Summer School on Latin American economies.

The United Nation Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is hosting its 18th edition of its Summer School on Latin American economies this year in Santiago, Chile, from 20 July to 8 September 2017. Click here for information about the application process.

Please note that the application process for the summer school itself is accessible via the above link. Your application to the YSI workshop is not connected to the application process of the ECLAC summer school.

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 evolutionary 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 week-long activities. During this time, there will be workshops with senior lecturers, young scholar presentation and the opportunity to interact with 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 with Jan Kregel (Levy Institute of Economics, USA), Bart Verspagen (UNU-MERIT, Netherlands), Mushtaq H. Khan (SOAS, United Kingdom), William Milberg (New School for Social Research, USA), Gabriel Porcile (ECLAC).

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.


Finalized papers can submitted until 17 July.

DEADLINE: June 12th. Selected participants will be contacted in mid to late June.