- Series Information
- Political Leadership and Economic Reform: The Brazilian Experience in the Context of Latin America
- Politics of Fiscal Reforms in Peru
- The Political Economy of Fiscal Policy: The Experience of Chile
- Industrial Policy and Economic Transformation
- Monetary Policy under Uncertainty
- A Historical Perspective on the Political Economy of Inequality in Latin America
- Cuban Economic Policies, 1990–2010: Achievements and Shortcomings
- Global and Regional Integration in Latin America and the Caribbean, 1990–2010
- Does Asia Matter? The Political Economy of Latin America’s International Relations
- A Catalyst for Hope: China’s Opportunity for Latin America
- How (Not) to Produce Effective Policies?: Institutions and Policymaking in Latin America
- The Politics of Global Financial Markets in Latin America
- Cabinet Stability and Policymaking in Latin America
- International Capital Markets and Their Latin American Discontents
- Natural Resources and Democracy in Latin America: Neither Curse Nor Blessing
- Contrasting Capitalisms: Latin America in Comparative Perspective
- Ulysses and the Sirens: Political and Technical Rationality in Latin America
- Killing Me Softly: Local Termites and Fiscal Violence in Brazil and Mexico
- The Political Economy of Public Spending and Fiscal Deficits: Lessons for Latin America
- Taxation and Democracy in Latin America
- Revisiting Political Budget Cycles in Latin America
- Labor Markets in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Missing Reform
Abstract and Keywords
This article takes a close look at the policy challenges related to closing Latin America and the Caribbean's (LAC) integration gap, with a focus on regional integration. The article is organized as follows. Section 2 presents a brief summary of the region's integration steps, including the various integration strategies that have been followed over time as well as their rationale. Section 3 provides a general diagnostic of the state of integration of LAC, highlighting the most salient problems. Based on this diagnosis, Section 4 summarizes the main policies' actions, discussing some of the initiatives that are currently in place and underscoring the main challenges and opportunities ahead.
Juan S. Blyde is currently a senior integration and trade economist at the Trade and Integration Sector of the Inter-American Development Bank.
Antoni Estevadeordal has been manager of the Integration and Trade Sector (Vice-Presidency of Sectors and Knowledge) at the Inter-American Development Bank since July 2007.
Mauricio Mesquita Moreira is principal economist and research coordinator of the Integration and Trade Sector of the Inter-American Development Bank. He received a PhD in economics from University College London.
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