The Colombian Economy and Its Regional Structural Challenges
A Linkages Approach
Eduardo A. Haddad, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Jaime Bonnet, Banco de la República, Colombia
Geoffrey J. D. Hewing , University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023

About the book
This book examines regional structural challenges on Colombia’s path to sustainable social cohesion and regionally inclusive growth. These challenges can be divided into three main groups: (i) those that focus on competitiveness and the supply side, (ii) those that arise from critical business cycle issues on the demand side, and (iii) those concerning environmental sustainability, employment and social inclusion. 

The contributions, written by experts on Latin American economics and regional science, apply quantitative simulations based on a unified general equilibrium framework and address a wide range of topics, including: Colombia’s competitive integration in global markets, human capital profiles, regional economic disparities and public and private mechanisms of interregional income transfer. The challenges entailed by such high-profile and long-term issues as productivity growth and climate change are also analyzed.

In addition, the book positions Colombia’s experiences in an international comparative context. It argues that many other Latin American countries face similar challenges and provide evidence to substantiate this claim. By doing so, it offers valuable policy lessons for Latin American countries with similar difficulties.

Publication Date: 28 April 2023  | E-book ISBN: 978-3-031-22653-3

About the editors

Eduardo A. Haddad is a Professor of Economics and Director of NEREUS, University of São Paulo (Brazil). He is also an Affiliate Professor at the Faculty of Governance, Economic and Social Sciences of the Mohammed VI University and a Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South (Morocco).

Jaime Bonet is an Economist at the Universidad de los Andes with a master’s degree in economics and a Ph.D. in regional planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA). Since July 2013, he is the Manager of the Banco de la República branch of Cartagena, where he is the Director of the Center for Regional Economic Studies (CEER).

Geoffrey J.D. Hewings is a Professor of Geography and Regional Science, of Economics, of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA). He is also the Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory.

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