Industrialization in a Latin American Common Market

Industrialization in a Latin American Common Market

Industrialization in a Latin American Common Market

Industrialization in a Latin American Common Market

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In 1963 several major economic research institutions in Latin America joined forces in a common research program, called the Program of Joint Studies on Latin American Economic Integration, and known as ECIEL, the acronym formed from its Spanish name, Estudios Conjuntos sobre Integración Económica Latinoamericana. While the program's major objective is to prepare useful, professionally competent studies, important by-products have been the strengthening of the economics profession in Latin America through this cooperative effort and support for the development of the participating institutions.

ECIEL: Background and Organization

Institutional research is always difficult to organize. Even where research institutions in economics exist, team research is the exception rather than the rule. Researchers are almost by definition individualists, so that institutions usually provide simply the abode and administrative framework within which they can carry out their own projects independently. This has been the case in Latin America, with the added factor that empirical research in the social sciences is comparatively new in the region.

For a joint research effort to be successful, the area to be investigated must capture the imagination of the participants. Studies on the economic . . .

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