Moral Hazards: Economic Growth and “Development” in Latin America (SPA4602.01)

Jonathan Pitcher

At the beginning of this history of promise and postponement, as such courses are wont to ratify, it would behoove anyone to reach a general and at least somewhat contextualized understanding of the relevance of such terms and realities as colonization, dependency, liberalism, industrialization, the role of the state, import substitution, populism, debt crises, privatization, stabilization, the Washington Consensus, democratization, neoliberalism, MERCOSUR, NAFTA, remittances, ZICOSUR, populism again, post-reform consolidation, and “development” itself, along with the accompanying microeconomic factors of kleptocracy, crime, violence, poverty, health, education, and inequality. The impetus here, however, the point of the course, will be to proceed to a series of specific case studies of more normative economic hypotheses, experiments in ethics if you will, informed by local cultural and institutional dispositions, with an eye to regional differences and patterns, and to a chance for students to analyze one of their own. High-intermediate.

Corequisite: Students must attend at least two Language Series events (Mondays, 7:00pm – 8:00pm)

Prerequisites: 5 terms of Spanish at Bennington, or permission of the instructor
Credits: 4
M 2:10pm - 4:00pm; Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency:
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