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  • 1. REVISITING THE DEBATE BETWEEN DEPENDENCY THEORY AND NEOLIBERALISM: EXPLAINING ARGENTINA’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FROM 1880-2010 Leigh Cummins Adviser: Dr. Miguel Centellas
  • 2. INTRODUCTION o Topic was inspired by study abroad in Argentina o Interest in global economics and business o Thesis combines both Photo by Leigh Cummins
  • 3. RESEARCH QUESTION  Does Dependency Theory or Neoliberalism better explain periods of success/failure in Argentina’s economy during the last century?
  • 4. FRAMEWORK: SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT  Dependency Theory  Emerged in 1950s  Based on work by Raúl Prebisch and Hans Singer  Divides the core and periphery to explain developmental difference  Promoted ISI  Neoliberalism  Similar to classical liberalism  Revived in the 1970s, 1980s  Theory aimed to resolve failures caused by ISI  Washington Consensus, Chicago school
  • 5. HYPOTHESIS  Tentatively, that Argentina has been more successful when following the model of Neoliberal economics  However, both theories will be tested and analyzed Photo by Britannica.com Photo by Leigh Cummins
  • 6. RESEARCH DESIGN Methodology includes: o Incorporating existing data sets o World Bank, ECLAC o If I cannot find data for certain time periods, I will use secondary sources for those times o Also, possible to change time frame of project o Specific indicators: GDP per capita, poverty rates, HDI, literacy rates (possibly more TBD)
  • 7. OUTLINE  Thesis  Ch. 1: Introduction  Based on prospectus, background information and interest  Ch. 2: Review of Literature  Initial explanation of foundation of project  Ch. 3: Economic History of Argentina  Ch. 4: Analysis and Application  Ch. 5: Conclusion  Future plans:  Continue research/reading  Incorporate data  Complete analysis
  • 8. SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY Cardoso, Fernando Enrique and Enzo Faletto. Dependency and Development in Latin America. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1979. Collier, Paul. The Bottom Billion. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2007. Curry, Jeffrey Edmund. International Economics. Novato, CA: World Trade Press, 2000. Kent, Robert B. Latin America: Regions and People. New York, NY: The Guilford Press, 2006. Love, Joseph L. “Raúl Prebisch and the Origins of the Doctrine of Unequal Exchange.” Latin American Research Review 15, no. 3 (1980) : 45-72. Oatley, Thomas. International Political Economy. New York, NY: Pearson Education, Inc., 2008. Sachs, Jeffrey. The End of Poverty. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 2005. Thorsen, Dag Einar and Amund Lie. “What is Neoliberalism?”. Norway: University of Oslo, 2000.