ECN 3677 Regional Economies-Prospects and Tensions in
Latin America's Southern Cone
Joe Ricciardi, Associate Professor
(See below for Information Session Presentation)
|Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 5:00PM-6:00PM
Location: Trim 201
||Initial Application: Sunday, September 24, 2017, 11:59pm EST
Rolling Application: Sunday, October 24, 2017, 11:59pm EST
Final Application: Sunday, November 26, 2017, 11:59pm EST
||Session 1 - Academic Session
Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Session 2 - Pre-departure Orientation Session
Date: Friday, March 2, 2018
Session 3 - Academic Session
Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
||Friday, March 16, 2018 - Sunday, March 25, 2018
||Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Open to Sophomore, Junior or Senior students. Applicant must be in and remain in good academic and social standing prior to and throughout participation in course. See pre-requisites below.
Program Fee: $1,800
Airfare (Group): $1,300
Tuition: Tuition is paid directly to SFS and is included in the fall semester flat rate tuition charge (up to 20 credits)
Additional Expenses: See financial considerations below.
This course provides an introduction to the Latin American business environment, with special focus on Uruguay and Argentina. In Uruguay, we explore the dilemmas of the country’s contrasting development opportunities, promoting tourism and sustainable enterprise built on its natural beauty, while pressured to accept environmentally threatening extractive industry investments in mining, pulp, and petroleum. Additional themes include environmental and water rights debates, regional infrastructure investment, and review of South-South trade initiatives.
In Argentina, we examine the country’s emergence from the volatile swings of agricultural commodity booms, international debt, and financial turbulence. We explore the challenges of the recently elected Macri government to promote economic development through entrepreneurial initiative directed by market fundamentals. What happens when entreprenuers design government policy and roll back the state?
In addition we examine regional e-business competition, the “Tango” as a cultural artifact of early economic development, concluding with an appraisal of the region’s prospects in the wake of the adversity of a global financial crisis. We will explore these Southern Cone economies through extensive country site visits and classroom sessions at host institutions, Universidad ORT (Uruguay) and Universidad San Andrès (Argentina).
Information Session - Application & Selection Process Presentation
4 credits, Advanced Liberal Arts
Montevideo, Uruguay and Buenos Aires, Argentina
Open to Sophomore, Junior or Senior students. Applicant must be in and remain in good academic and social standing prior to and throughout participation in course.
While there are no prerequisites, preference will be given to those who have already taken SME2031 – Microeconomics, and/or are currently enrolled or have taken ECN2000 – Macroeconomics.
All students will travel on group air ticket Boston, MA --> Montevideo, Uruguay/Buenos Aires, Argentina --> Boston, MA
Arrival Airport Code
||Included in spring semester flat rate tuition charge (up to 20 credits)
|Financial Aid & Grant Information
||Contact SFS for more information
|Estimated Additional Meals
|Visa (if applicable)
||See notes below
Program Fee and Airfare
Program fee and group international airfare is paid to Glavin Office, program fee includes accommodations, breakfast, airport transfers US & Uruguay/Argentina, group ground transportation, program planned meals and cultural excursions. Not included: visa costs, additional meals and personal expenses.
Tuition, Financial Aid and Grant Information
To discuss tuition or your financial situation or to learn about grant opportunities, visit Student Financial Services.
Incidentals and additional meals (lunches and dinners) are based on the US Department of State Foreign Per Diem Rates (as of 4/1/2017) and reflect corporate rate estimates. These estimates are generally higher than student's needs, however, expenses vary with individual spending.
All students are asked to research the visa requirements for their nationality to travel to Uruguay/Argentina before committing to the course. Students are responsible for securing visas (as needed) before travel.
||Prof. Ricciardi taught in the economics department for the Institute for Latin American Studies at the University of Texas, the Universidad Centroamericana in Nicaragua, and the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administracion in Venezuela. His research interests include monetary economics, the history of economic thought, and Latin American economic development. He has worked as a research economist in Peru, Central America, and Venezuela, and consulted for the Central Bank of Nicaragua. He was also a William R. Dill International Faculty Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar to Venezuela.