Can Latin America Compete?: Confronting the Challenges of Globalization

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With dynamic growth in China and India, recovery in Europe and Japan, and notable gains in U.S. productivity, the question arises: Can Latin America compete? Many argue that macroeconomic and trade reforms achieved in the 1990s merely put a handsome coat of paint over education, labor, judicial, and administrative reforms that remain incomplete. This book identifies and analyzes ten factors that most influence the competitiveness of Latin American nations and will shape their economic futures. In their frank and ...

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Overview

With dynamic growth in China and India, recovery in Europe and Japan, and notable gains in U.S. productivity, the question arises: Can Latin America compete? Many argue that macroeconomic and trade reforms achieved in the 1990s merely put a handsome coat of paint over education, labor, judicial, and administrative reforms that remain incomplete. This book identifies and analyzes ten factors that most influence the competitiveness of Latin American nations and will shape their economic futures. In their frank and direct assessment—pulling no punches—the authors also present viable courses of action that Latin America can take to increase its ability to compete in the global economy.

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"[The authors] have edited what is clearly the most extensive, detailed and useful book on competitiveness in Latin America. The book features an impressive roster of experts that analyze the key areas where Latin America needs to improve its competitiveness—ranging from education and labor markets to property rights, legal reform and security."—Latin Business Chronicle 

"…a skillful contribution to the ongoing debate over how to achieve competitiveness and how countries in the region can face the challenges presented by globalization."—Luis Alberto Moreno, president, Inter-American Development Bank

"A state-of-the-art volume on the forces and factors shaping Latin America's competitiveness. Academics, business people, and policymakers will find this brilliant work indispensable." —Stephen Flowers, President, UPS International, Americas Region

"This is an important book for those who track the region’s performance.  Using case studies, the authors cogently illustrate many of the issues that weaken the region’s competitiveness."—Roberto Newell G., CEO, Mexican Competitiveness Institute (IMCO)

 "...a tour de force on Latin America's competitive environment. Analytically brilliant and cogently written, this volume is must reading for those interested in globalization's impact on the Western Hemisphere."—Susan Segal, President and CEO, Council of the Americas

 "Can Latin America Compete? offers thoughtful analyses on the problems of the region and provides valuable insights for every company that conducts business in Latin America." —Eugenio Beaufrand, Vice-President, Microsoft Corporation

"Private sector best practices and public-private partnerships are two key drivers of competitiveness. The book presents a state-of-art picture of the region on these topics and relevant suggestions on how to move forward."—José Fernando Mattos, CEO, Brazilian Competitiveness Movement (MBC)
 
"Editors Haar and Price have compiled a well-researched collection that examines Latin America's response to globalization and factors critical to the region's ability to compete globally... This volume is cogently argued and offers useful facts and analyses... Recommended." —CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403975430
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/22/2008
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Haar is Associate Dean and Professor of Management and International Business in the College of Business Administration, Florida International University.

John Price is President of InfoAmericas, a market intelligence and strategic consulting firm with a specialty practice in Latin American markets.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Can Latin America Compete?—John Price and Jerry Haar
The Macroeconomic Environment of Competitiveness—Claudio Loser
Coveting Human Capital—Jeff Puryear and Tamara Ortega Goodspeed
Competitive Capital Markets—John Welch * Consumer and Small Business Credit--Jan Smith, Tricia Juhn, and Christopher Humphrey * Closing the Technology Gap—Peter Knight and Rosane Marques
Fostering Innovation—Isabel Bortagaray and Scott Tiffin
Returban on Infrastructure Investment—Lee Tablewski
Logistics and Transport Services—John Price
Legal Reform—Linn Hammergren
Property, the Rule of Law, and Development in the Americas—Peter Schaefer and Clayton Schaefer
Tax Reform--Mauricio Carrizosa
Labor Reform—Christopher Sabatini * Regulatory Reform—Luis Guasch and Benjamin Herzberg * Public Safety—John Price
Lessons Learned and Looking Forward—Jerry Haar and John Price

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2008

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    This is a great book for anyone seeking a lucid perspective of the challenges faced by Latin America in its ongoing quest for capital, technology and a better life for its people. Although Latin America is a vast region, the book addresses the principle drivers of economic growth that must be addressed if the region is to overcome its dependency on boom-and-bust commodities. I particularly enjoyed the authors' comparison of diverse nations as a way of developing general observations about the region as a whole. For those who know little about the deep impact of globalization on Latin America¿s development, this is a great place to start. For those who have read widely, this is an invaluable summary and an essential addition to their Latin American libraries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2008

    Insightful, Relevant and Timely

    This work provides a comprehensive examination of the region¿s competitive environment. John Price and Jerry Haar¿s prescient introduction probes the confluence of challenges that these societies will face in the coming years. As editors, they have wisely compiled contributions from twenty-one renowned experts who examine quantitative data and evaluate political, institutional and economic forces that shape Latin America at present. This selection of researched essays offers a thorough analytical review of the processes that will be required for successful competition. Can Latin America Compete? is invaluable for anyone doing business in Latin America today, and it is indispensible reading for those engaged in research, study and policy making. John Price and Jerry Haar, and their contributors, possess a unique and valuable knowledge and exceptional perspective. This reader is satisfied to conclude, as they do, that Latin America is an immense territory of possibilities to be discovered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2008

    tug-of-war

    Finally a great book that puts in perspective the competitiveness tug-of-war taking place in Latin America. A sweeping debate on the major forces in play in one of the most promising and less understood areas in the western hemisphere. Profoundly analytical, this master piece is a must read both by scholars or anyone interest in this fascinating topic. Roberto Vainrub (Director Mercantil, Founder of IESA¿s Center for Entrepreneurship).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2008

    Latin America's Quiet Rise

    While the rest of the world may not have noticed, Latin America has been on something of a run in recent years. Economies have been growing very rapidly in the last five years leading to the question of whether or not they can keep a good thing going. This edited volume by Jerry Haar and John Price takes this question head-on and looks beyond the headlines and stereotypes to ask whether Latin America can catch up with the rest of the world. The book is almost breathtaking in its scope and manages to capture the best work of some of the region's best analysts. This volume is a must-have for businesses looking at Latin America and it will appear on most required reading lists in university courses on Latin America in the near future.

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