Recent research on Latin America

Now that classes are over and grading is done, it is a great time to catch up on recent research.  Here is a list of papers on Latin America that I am anxious to check out:

Exiting Belindia? Lesson from the Recent Decline in Income Inequality in Brazil by Luis F. Lopez-Calva; Sonia Rocha

Better Jobs in Central America : The Role of Human Capital by the World Bank

Stated social behavior and revealed actions: Evidence from six Latin American countries  by Juan Camilo Cárdenas, Alberto Chong, Hugo Ñopo (this is forthcoming from the JDE, which is gated, so the link is to a 2008 working paper)

Risk attitudes and economic well-being in Latin America  by Juan Camilo Cardenas, Jeffrey Carpenter (this is also a recent JDE paper; the title is linked to a 2010 working paper version).

Also, from a non-academic perspective, I am eager to read the just published book Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness by Alfredo Corchado.  Here is a good review of the book in the Washington Post. I am teaching a class on Mexican development next semester.  I will mostly use the videos I made for MRU but I am also on the lookout for good background reading for my students.  Any suggestions are most welcome.

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