The Training of Economists in Latin America

29 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2010

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Eduardo A. Lora

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) - Research Department

Hugo Ñopo

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: December 2009

Abstract

This paper presents a comparative view of the training of economists in Latin America, analyzing curricula, commonly utilized textbooks, professors’ time-commitments, teaching methods, and the use of technologies and computational tools. Also, following the approach of Colander (2005), the paper presents the results of a survey of Economics students, creating a socioeconomic profile of them and examining their attitudes and opinions. Among the regularities found for the five countries, it is particularly notable the lack of connection between students’ expectations regarding job market demand for economists and the actual demand by employment sectors.

Keywords: Economics, Training, University

JEL Classification: A22

Suggested Citation

Lora, Eduardo A. and Nopo, Hugo, The Training of Economists in Latin America (December 2009). Revista de Análisis Económico/Economic Analysis Review, Vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 65-93, December 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1725942

Eduardo A. Lora (Contact Author)

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Hugo Nopo

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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