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Johns Hopkins University, SAIS
"The Economic Development of East Asia and Latin America in Comparative Perspective and the Lessons for Development Policy"
Anthony Elson's talk is related to the theme of his book, "Globalization and Development: Why East Asia Surged Ahead and Latin America Fell Behind", which was published by Palgrave Macmillan in December of last year. In this book, Dr. Elson attempts to identify the key factors from an historical, institutional and political economy perspective that can explain the very different economic policy choices and development outcomes which these two regions have experienced since the middle of the last century. Based on this analysis, Dr. Elson then tries to summarize the key lessons for development policy that can be extracted from a comparison of the development experience of these two regions, which have had a significant impact on the thinking about economic development in both academic and official circles.
Professor Elson was a senior staff member of the IMF for many years with extensive experience in the conduct of its macroeconomic surveillance and financial programming exercises throughout East Asia and Latin America. Since leaving the IMF, he has been an economic consultant with the World Bank and other Washington-based consulting groups. As well, he also taught courses on comparative economic development at Johns Hopkins SAIS and the Duke Center for International Development. During 2008-09, he served as the AGIP Professor of International Economics at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Bologna Center. His book, "Governing Global Finance: The Evolution and Reform of the International Financial Architecture", was published in 2011.
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