The Puzzle of Latin American Inequality: a political economy approach

Date: 6 December 2017

Venue: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus, Building R, room R.007 - Rodestraat 14 - 2000 Antwerp (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus)

Time: 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Organization / co-organization: The Institute of Development Policy (IOB) and the Department of History/Centre for Urban History of the University of Antwerp

Short description: Guest seminar by Javier Rodriguez Weber

About the lecture

The lecture will have two parts.

  • Firstly, it will face some of the theoretical, methodological and historical problems related to the political economy of inequality. For example, what is the role of markets and institutions in determining their trends? What about the role of the state and social conflict? Does history matter? How can we measure inequality over the long term? Through the answer to these questions, a political economy approach to inequality is articulated.
  • Based on that framework, the second part of the lecture gives an analytic narrative of the Latin American inequality history from colonial times to the present.

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