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Falling Behind: Explaining the Development Gap Between Latin America and the United States

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February 18, 2009 1 - 2:30 PM EST
1st floor/Wintergarden

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During the past 400 years, the development gap between Latin America and British North America dramatically widened. Francis Fukuyama will discuss prominent theories for that divergence — including those that emphasize the roles of natural resources, culture, and geography — and explain how institutions and economic policies are the keys to understanding growth outcomes. At different times, several Latin American countries have narrowed the gap with the United States, and genuine institutional reform has occurred in the past several decades across the region. Norman Loayza will comment on the relevance of those findings to an ideologically divided Latin America.

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Featuring the editor Francis Fukuyama, Professor of International Political Economy, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; with comments by Norman Loayza, Lead Economist, Research Department, World Bank; moderated by Ian Vasquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute