9780230612143

Can Latin America Compete? Confronting the Challenges of Globalization

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  • ISBN13:

    9780230612143

  • ISBN10:

    0230612148

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-06-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

With dynamic growth in China and India, recovery in Europe and Japan, and notable gains in U.S. productivity, the question arises: Can Latin America compete? Many argue that macroeconomic and trade reforms achieved in the 1990s merely put a handsome coat of paint over education, labor, judicial, and administrative reforms that remain incomplete. This book identifies and analyzes ten factors that most influence the competitiveness of Latin American nations and will shape their economic futures. In their frank and direct assessment--pulling no punches--the authors also present viable courses of action that Latin America can take to increase its ability to compete in the global economy.

Author Biography

Jerry Haar is Associate Dean and Professor of Management and International Business in the College of Business Administration, Florida International University.
John Price is President of InfoAmericas, a market intelligence and strategic consulting firm with a specialty practice in Latin American markets.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tablesp. ix
Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Notes on Contributorsp. xix
Introduction: Can Latin America Compete?p. 1
The Macroeconomic Environment of Competitivenessp. 27
Coveting Human Capital: Is Latin American Education Competitive?p. 45
Competitive Capital Markets: Brazil's Capital Markets Finally Maturingp. 63
Consumer and Small Business Credit: Building Blocks of the Middle Classp. 79
Closing the Technology Gapp. 99
Fostering Innovation: Technological Innovation in Urban Clustersp. 121
Not All Infrastructure Is Created Equally: Learning from the Best Practices and Stunning Failures of Latin American Water Infrastructurep. 143
Logistics: The Software That Drives an Economyp. 163
Legal Reform: Some Emerging Paradoxes of Latin America's Legal and Judicial Reform Movementp. 175
Property, the Rule of Law, and Development in the Americasp. 197
Tax Reform: Tax Policy, Reform, and Competitiveness in Latin Americap. 215
Labor Reform: Undercompetitive Economies and Unprotected Workforcep. 239
Regulatory Reform: Increasing Competitiveness through Regulatory and Investment Climate Improvements in Latin America; the Case of Mexicop. 253
Public Safety: The Cost of Living Dangerouslyp. 271
Conclusion: Lessons Learned and Looking Forwardp. 295
Indexp. 303
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