The Quarrel of Development Experts: Lauchlin Currie and Albert O. Hirschman in Colombia

38 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2017

See all articles by Andrés Álvarez

Andrés Álvarez

Universidad de los Andes - Department of Economics

Andres Guiot

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Jimena Hurtado

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics

Date Written: June 6, 2017

Abstract

Lauchlin Currie and Albert O. Hirschman worked together as advisers to the National Planning Council in Colombia in the 1950's. Both had little experience in development economics when they arrived, and did not see eye to eye about the functioning and policy recommendations of the Council. Retracing their debates on internal and public issues allows showing how the Colombian experience marked their views on the role of policy advisers, development policy and the obstacles to development processes. Our main contribution is to show how this experience contributed to enrich their theories of development. They evolved from the technical discussions on growth mechanics to the necessity to adopt a development strategy dealing with political-economy issues.

Keywords: Lauchlin Currie, Albert O. Hirschman, Colombia, Development economics, experts.

JEL Classification: A11, B2, B31, N16, O2

Suggested Citation

Alvarez, Andres and Guiot, Andres and Hurtado, Jimena, The Quarrel of Development Experts: Lauchlin Currie and Albert O. Hirschman in Colombia (June 6, 2017). Documento CEDE No. 2017-39, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2983873 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2983873

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Andres Guiot

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Jimena Hurtado

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