The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

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March 30 GC Bildner Center: Chile as Development Model?

March 30, 2015

12:00 PM-2:30 PM

9100: Skylight Room


The Chilean economy is usually highly praised as having been successful since the imposition of neo-liberal reforms under the dictatorship of general Pinochet in 1973. However, the four decades that have elapsed include sub-periods with quite different policy approaches and notably diverse outcomes; thus, there is neither one unique model nor only one outcome. Sometimes, Chile has performed closer to becoming a “model” for development, and at other times the opposite or something in between. Focusing on three episodes (1973–81, 1990–95 and 2008–13), Ffrench-Davis will explore the underlying explanatory variables and some lessons for building “a model for development.”

Speaker: Ricardo French-Davis, University of Chile Commentator:

Jonathan Conning, Hunter College