Enrique Dussel PetersEnrique Dussel Peters

(PhD, University of Notre Dame, 1996)
Professor, Graduate School of Economics
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

“Latin America and China: Socioeconomic Conditions and Challenges”

Thursday, November 8, 2012
4:00 pm - C103 Hesburgh Center

Abstract
Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and China have had different phases of bilateral engagements, the first several centuries ago with the “Nao” and earlier with Admiral Zheng, even before Cristóbal Colón arrived in America, according to some authors. This presentation, however, will analyze the more recent socioeconomic relationship between LAC and China based on rapid trade and investment flows. Beginning in the 1990s, this new relationship has profoundly brought into question trade, investment, and productive specialization patterns in LAC and posed massive challenges to the region in terms of economic policy. Starting with this perspective, the presentation will highlight research results on these issues and discuss research options for the future.

Enrique Dussel Peters is professor at the Graduate School of Economics, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). His research interests include economic development, political economy, industrial organization and trade theory, NAFTA and CAFTA, and the evolution of industrial, trade and regional patterns in Latin America and Mexico. With projects on specific segments of commodity chains such as pineapples, electronics, yarn-textile-garments, auto parts-automobiles, and pharmaceuticals, among others, he is increasingly focused on a comparative (Mexico-China) perspective. He has been coordinator of the Center for Chinese-Mexican Studies at UNAM since 2006 and of the Academic Network of Latin America and Caribbean on China (RED ALC-CHINA) since May 2012. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Notre Dame.