Contemporary Economic Development of Latin America: Status and Challenges


After World War II, countries in Latin America experienced a rapid industrialization and modernization. By 1970s, many Latin American states became newly industrial countries. However, one common pattern among Latin American countries was that many of them fall into the middle-income trap with extremely high-income inequality. Beginning with the new millennium, Latin American countries increased economic trade and foreign direct investment linked to the processes of globalization. Today, Latin American countries are part of regional economic development organizations (NAFTA, MERCOSUR, TPP, UNASUR).yet they struggle to deal with poverty and political volatility.

The event is a panel discussion co-sponsored by Latin America Policy Organization. The panel aims to provide a general outline of the economic development status of Latin America states. The discussants will present their areas of specialization.



Mark Langevin, George Washington University, Director of Brazil Initiative, Visiting Professor

Marie Price, George Washington University, Professor of Geography & International Affairs

Andre Soares, Inter-American Development Bank, Counselor at Inter-American Development Bank's Board of Directors



Sebastian Maag Pardo, President of LAPO (Latin America Policy Organization)



Thursday, March 1, 8:00 pm - 9:45 pm



Marvin Center, Room 311, The George Washington University


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