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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Venture capital and innovation in Latin America

One of the drivers of economic growth is innovation, which raises productivity by creating new production methods, technologies, products and firms. This article examines an instrument that supports this process, venture capital, and highlights the need for a financing system covering each phase of innovation. It starts by illustrating Latin America’s innovation deficit. It then proceeds to a general analysis of the difficulties affecting the financing of innovation and the provision of venture capital to overcome these. It goes on to examine the form taken by these obstacles in the region and, considering the experience of Brazil and Chile, the methods used to deal with them. In relation to a number of the subjects addressed, the article discusses issues connected with major problems of financial system development.

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