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Assessing the economic effects of Latin American independence


  • Prados de la Escosura, Leandro


This paper discusses the economic consequences of independence in Latin America. Grand interpretations that assess Nineteenth Century Latin America by comparison to the U.S. performance are examined and the alternative approach of using African and Asian post-colonial experiences as the yardstick is explored. Empirical evidence on the consequences of removing the colonial burden and opening up to the international economy is, then, examined. The paper concludes with discussion of when Latin America fell behind.

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  • Prados de la Escosura, Leandro, 2003. "Assessing the economic effects of Latin American independence," IFCS - Working Papers in Economic History.WH wh031207, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Instituto Figuerola.
  • Handle: RePEc:cte:whrepe:wh031207

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