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Economics 70 Chile and Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago, Chile (Outgoing w/Side Trips Program)
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Chile & Argentina Econ 70 – Immersion Experience in Applied Economics and Policy

This course provides students an opportunity to do applied macroeconomic analysis in two emerging market economies, Chile and Argentina. The contrasting experience in these two economies allows us explore the impact of different policy frameworks and structural reforms in affecting economic performance and standards of living. Students will examine the historical context of these countries in the 20th century that has shaped economic policies and will focus on recent economic developments in the two countries. Students will prepare for the team research projects to be done off-campus that will focus on one policy or reform area and compare the two countries. These student-driven research projects will provide students with an opportunity to build teamwork, leadership and communication skills, as well as provide them with research experience. Preparations will also include an orientation to prepare students to travel and live off-campus as well as an opportunity for a cross-cultural exchange with young adults in the two countries.
Fall 2018 – Economic Policy and Reform in Argentina and Chile

In 1900, Argentina was one of the richest countries in the world, while Chile was relatively poor. By 2000, Chile’s per capita income exceeded that of Argentina, which has slid down the income rankings nearly continuously over the past century. Meanwhile Chile’s has become the only Latin American country to join the advanced economy ranks of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). What accounts for this reversal of fortune? How has macroeconomic instability, including financial crises, hyperinflations, large fiscal deficits, affected the economies of both countries? This course will take an in-depth look at how economic policies – fiscal and monetary, trade and industrial, education and natural resource policy – have affected economic performance in both countries. A key element of the course will be a two week site visit in December to the capitals of both countries (Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Santiago, Chile) in which students will compare one aspect of economic policy or structural reform across the two countries. The site visits will be an opportunity to interview and discuss recent developments with policy makers, business leaders, civil society organizers, and academics, among others.


Faculty Director
2018 Fall: Professors Marjorie Rose and Douglas Irwin

Must be registered in the Economics 70 course for fall term 2018.

The Council of International Educational Exchange (CIEE) will be working with Dartmouth to organize this program for Dartmouth College for two weeks in fall 2018 at the CIEE Study Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Santiago, Chile.  CIEE will coordinate this program for a maximum of 16 students in the fall of 2018.

Student Life

Students will be housed in a hotel or student dorms during this two week period, which will be provided by the program.  Students will be expected to use public transportation for their field work and will receive an orientation by the CIEE on transportation and safety issues.

Financial Information

All costs associated with the travel portion of the course will be covered for students on financial aid. Students not receiving Dartmouth financial aid will be expected to cover the cost of their transportation to/from Argentina/Chile. Round trip airfare to/from Argentina/Chile is expected to be $1,500 or less. All other program costs, including lodging and meals, will be covered by the program. Students should plan to bring a limited amount of spending money (~$200) to cover the cost of incidentals such as drinks and snacks, souvenirs, and meals while in transit.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.