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ECON 3235 Fall 2019 Country Case Study Resources
Everyone has their country now and starting sooner is better,
- Start with the three standard slides pick your own template, wood floors are Ok but there just because they are the first template suggested by PowerPoint (please do use PowerPoint, version of Office does not matter, google sheets is Ok but hard to share…
- Meet with me or send me an email to discuss your a tie-in to the course identified by page number and a new idea & a relevant article or book cited on on google scholar.
- Remember the 666 rule: see the WBI VC guidelines Case Study preparation: Getting started peers and templates
LAC Equity Lab is a great resource, but interactive graphics are not necessarily perfect for PowerPoint, just grab a few key numbers, here are examples Chile and the Dominican Republic… a short video?
For a country case study, you almost always need:
- Growth: your country’s post 2000 “Golden Decade” (now, outlook?) always add a growth incidence curve when possible,
- Inequality trends, the Gini coefficient and/or the inequality ratio fall?
- Education enrollment trends by gender
Migration, Remittances and Financial Inclusion: Challenges and Opportunities for Women’s Economic Empowerment
Here is the 2017 $2 and $4/day poverty data spreadsheet)
Compartamos Evaluation Empower Women
WSJ on LatAm Murder Rates in Latin America Sept 20th 2018
Check your country’s latest $1.9/day and $4/day poverty rate for Gini & more see Povcalnet at the WB
The Economics of Happiness in Latin America, 2011 AmericasBarometer Insights #58 Margarita Corral Vanderbilt
Please do Present your presentation to the class (in person or via
What if i am part of a group working on a particular jurisdiction? (Puerto Rico for example)
Other Case Study Resources: *Textbook Tables and Figures comparing countries.
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 the data for this figure into a csv file (easy) and
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…)
A November 17th Wilson Center talk by Vice President Oscar Naranjo former director of Colombia’s National Police and member of the government team that negotiated the peace accord with the FARC. He speaks in Spanish but some interesting quotes are translated automatically if you open this link using Chrome … More controversial is this 2013 Washington Post story on U.S. role in Colombia conflict…
Dealing with Impunity: there are two sides of the Colombian drug/violence problem. One is gang violence in Colombia (now Central American and Mexico): the para military forces and FARC which recruited many poor young men and women in rural areas. The other problem is the impunity of the wealthy exporters and managers that process and ship cocaine and other drugs to the United States. Despite progress in ending the reign of the Cali Cartel and Pablo Escobar, as chronicled in NARCOS (on Netflix) the drug trade continues, as suggested by recent arrests in the LA Times September 15th (Colombian leader of global drug ring extradited, charged in L.A.). Note that the key was again extradition (charging suspects to U.S. courts). Why does this matter?