ECON 3235 Fall 2017 Country Case Study Project (CCSP): FAQs
Check for the latest poverty rate for your country for other measures go to Povcalnet at the WB
To present or not present:
What if i am part of a group working on a particular jurisdiction? (Puerto Rico for example)
Other Data and Case Study Resources Sources: Spreadsheet for Table LAC-1 & Table LAC-2: Table DB-2 Oct 2017 WEO Data Case study page Resources Puerto Rico & DB 2018
Thinking of an ECON 3235 class presentation? please use this checklist,
⇒ 3. Please follow the WB Virtual Classroom Guidelines including minimum font sizes, 666 rule
⇒ 4. All Figures and Tables should be uniquely numbered, relate each figure to a argument of your presention.
⇒ 5. Add slide numbers before you submit your presentation so I can comment on slides. At ECON 3235 and Fall 2017 to the footer.
⇒ 6. Add standard format references at the end of your presentation, this is unusual I know, but this is really a short paper/presentation hybrid
⇒ 7. Please reference our text where possible. It the text seems to have nothing to say relevant to your country presentation, check with me.
⇒ 8. Every key point/figure/Table should should have an author,date, page. *See the handout on references,
⇒ 8. Be sure to start and end with a slide summarizing your key points.
*Presentations should always have a goal to communicate a few key points… you only have 15 minutes! Here is an example for Guatemala, a challenge because it is a relatively small country, Brazil is difficult because it is so large! See the Case study presentation guidelines for some suggested key points for both of these presentations.
Case study resources and formatting tips
- For Basic ideas and recent data see the World Bank LAC Country pages; CEPAL Social Surveys and IMF Article IV reports
- Do please make use of Armendáriz, Beatriz, and Felipe Larraín or A&L (2017) The Economics of Contemporary Latin America. MIT Press.
- For country case studies (CCS) focused on restarting growth, start with A&L, 2017 Chapts 1 & 12
- For CCS focused on getting started (or managing a crisis) see A&L,2017 Chapters 7-9 & perhaps 10
- For CCS focused on making it easier to do business focus on A&L, 2017 Chapter 10 & 11.
- For CCS focused on poverty and redistribution, start with Chapter 5 then go to the CEPAL CCT survey or CEQ and/or PovCalnet at the WB
- For CCS focused on political economy A&L see Chapter 6 and various BBC, Economist, Americas Quarterly or Guardian country pages for election updates .
Slides, follow the WB Virtual Classroom Guidelines if you can (e.g. the 6-6-6 and minimum fonts rule…). If you are a group, each of you should prepare at least six points spread over at least two slides with a Figure, or a Table and/or a picture with clearly relevant and legible materials (see the pictures in brains and brawn below).
Here is a sample presentation on Roy’s Brains vs. Brawn model in India, BGD and Brazil **(note summary of key points at beginning and end, and references on almost every page, including photo credits.)
Note that this is a great diagram, almost legible (add a few numbers and it may work). However we cannot use it because it is really an interactive graphic. I downloaded
|Country Comparison data from A&L, 2017||ECON 3235 Fall 2017 Country Case Study Comparative Data|
|1.2||Percieved Corruption &FDI||10||middle class revolt especially ABC countries 1/|
|1.3||Per capita GDP||11||Relative progress, but not peers, uses $2005PP|
|5.4||Gender wage gap persists||130||Even college does not lower gap, lowest in Argen|
|12.1||LatAm PISA scores low but some||330||improvement over time, good they are taking exams|
|12.2||Openness: Imp + Exp over GDP||326||Pan-Nic-Pry-CRI-CHL most open, ABC ctys & peru leaset|
|12.3||Governance indicators in 2012||339||Chile looks good as usual|
|12.4||Computers and Internet in 2012||343||ABC countries have most mobile phones…|
|Figure||Topic||Page||Why it Matters (for growth generally)|
|1.1||Latitude||8||Climate shocks– TPS?|
|3.6||Comodity Price Instability||82||Dutch disease lecture has a better|
|5.2||2012 Poverty Rates||114||Look like $4/day? Not sure, we have better data|
|5.4||Inequality Ratios Q5/Q1||116||Compare countries, follow Ginis closely see PS #2|
|5.5||Poverty share falls Middle class rise||117||See Lustig, 2017 or LAC Equity lab for updates|
|5.9||Inequality (Gini) fell in all LatAM||137||except HND!! but see Lustig, 2017 Barcelona Presentaiton|
|6.2||Rise of middle class||157||See Lustig, 2017 or LAC Equity lab for updates|
|7.6||Dependence on commodity Exports||193||Seem to be higher than in Chapter 12|
|8.1||Inflation tax Seignorage in LatAM||207||LatAm Governments print less money (inflaiton Tax)|
|9.2||Exchange Rate Regimes 1985 & 2014||234||Few float but Intermediate regimes more options Pegged|
|10.9||Migration from Central America||261||See recent Pew and MPI studies for better data|
|10.10||Drug trafficing Routes in Mexico||262|
|10.15||Remittances per capita||270||We have country estimates from WDI online in excel file|
|11.4||Unemployment rates||261||generally not comparable across ctys over time OK|
|11.11||Doing Business in LatAM||300||we have much better data by country and over time|
|12.1||Per Capita GDP||311||Use color version, focus on your peers or comparators|
|12.2||Add Asian countries: discouraging||312|
|12.5||Exposure to Commodity Prices||322||Vulnerability to Dutch Disease or Resource Curse|
|12.6||Import Tarrifs rates in 2012||325||Ven-Bra-Arg-Mex-Col highest, GTM, Chile, Peru lowest|
|12.9||Public Spending on Education||331||higher in Arg-Bra-Ven-Mex-CHL below avg in Col and Peru|
|12.11||Efficiency of Public Spending||333|
|12.12||Total tax rate||334||high in Arg-Col-Brazil-Mex lower in Chile-Peru HND >M|
|12.14||Average inflation in 2013||337||Only 2 countries above 10% annually|
|12.16||R&D expendiitures||341||Latin best is Brazil then Spain…|
|12.17||Latest Technologies available||342||Chile the best, but remember what Ricardo Hausmann said|
|*Panama, Ecuador and El Salvador use the $US, so may have no currency of their own.|
|1/ ABC countries:Argentina, Brazil, Chile|
How is Argentina doing now, a Macri update from our friends at VP. They are a bit hard on the Kirchners, they did reduce poverty and increase transfers and liberalize the exchange rate regime a bit. However, they misreported inflation and punished private economists who tried to publish real data (one good thing is that we now have the billion prices project to monitor inflation worldwide…)