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Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean 2006-2007

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The publication surveys the main economic events and developments of 2006 and the first half of 2007 in the light of the region’s recent economic performance. The fifty-ninth edition of the survey is aimed to provide further inputs for the economic debates concerning means of promoting a rapid, sustainable growth process capable of creating conditions conducive to an improvement in the living conditions in the region. It also describes various aspects of the regions economic growth dynamics. The tables provided in the statistical appendix provide ready access to data for recent years and facilitate the creation of spreadsheets. The edition is supplemented by a CD-ROM.

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Reflections of economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean

In recent years, ECLAC has published several studies and organized two seminars on economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the first seminar, held in 2003, Solimano and Soto (2006) presented stylized facts revealing that the economic growth of Latin American countries has been very uneven and volatile. Since 1980, growth has slowed and there have been significant differences in the relative performance of the region’s countries. Also presented at the seminar was a series of regional studies analysing the economic growth of each country. In other studies commissioned by ECLAC, Gutiérrez (2005) provided data on the impact of investment and other variables on growth, and went on to analyse the determining factors of the level of savings and how this ties in with economic growth (Gutiérrez, 2007b).

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