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CEPAL Review

Cepal Review is the leading journal for the study of economic and social development issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. Edited by the Economic Commission for Latin America, each issue focuses on economic trends, industrialization, income distribution, technological development and monetary systems, as well as the implementation of economic reform and transfer of technology. Written in English and Spanish (Revista de la Cepal), each tri-annual issue offers approximately 12 studies and essays undertaken by authoritative experts or gathered from conference proceedings.

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New light on the concepts of “private” and “public”

At a meeting held in honour of the memory of José Medina Echavarría, it seems appropriate to begin our conversation concerning the role of ideas by relating an anecdote about this great man. At some point in the late 1970s, I once ran into him as, with a disgruntled look on his face, he was leaving a discussion held at ECLAC “How’s it going, don José?”, I asked him in greeting. “Oh, these people”, he sighed. “Do you know what they have just said? That we should come up with new ideas. What do you think of that? Just coming up with ideas of any sort is difficult enough...”

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