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Cuadernos de economía

versión On-line ISSN 0717-6821

Cuad. econ. v.40 n.121 Santiago dic. 2003

http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-68212003012100002 

Cuadernos de Economía, Año 40, Nº 121, pp. 397-398 (diciembre 2003)

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SPECIAL EDITORS' INTRODUCTION

This special issue of Cuadernos de Economía—Latin American Journal of Economics is devoted to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Started in 1963 with the idea of communicating research done at the Department of Economics of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, today, Cuadernos de Economía has become one of the main outlets for research related to questions and problems of interest for Latin American countries. For this special occasion, we have compiled a set of panels of high academic interest, as well as very relevant for policy makers in Latin American and other developing countries.

Each panel comprises, on average, a set of three short invited papers, with an introduction tying the issues covered in each panel.1 The contents and range of the subjects reflect to a large extent research areas where the professors of the Department of Economics are currently working. As seen in the table of contents, panels cover issues as diverse as labor markets and unemployment; project evaluation and public policy; monetary and exchange rate policy; financial markets, regulation, and trade policy among others.

We have also invited Professor Sebastián Edwards to write an introductory article for this special issue. He presents an overview of the evolution, influence and actual position of Latin American economists in the academia in the United States. According to his view, the flow of Latin American students to graduate programs in the United States starting in mid 1960s and the following intellectual exchange between U.S. universities and Latin American economists has allowed the profession to better understand and tackle the many economic problems faced by Latin American countries. This process coincides with the life span of Cuadernos de Economía, that in its 40 years has served as a bridge between economic theory and economic policy in the region.

Sebastián Claro
Juan-Pablo Montero
Department of Economics
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Santiago, December 2003.


1 The papers were not subject to a formal refereeing process.

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