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Summer school on Latin American economies

In ECLAC's analytical tradition, production structure, technological progress and trade specialization are the main variables that explain long-run economic and social development. ECLAC's contributions are part of a tradition in economic theory that combines the Keynesian paradigm with the Schumpeterian and evolutionist traditions. The former pays special attention to income distribution and full employment policies, while the latter focuses on the dynamics of learning, technological innovation and diffusion and its impact on the production patterns. These traditions recognize that industrial and technological policies are crucial to foster developing countries' convergence with the developed economies in terms of technological capabilities and per capita GDP. In ECLAC's School, the participants debate these topics in an open, plural and multidisciplinary framework. They study empirical and theoretical topics emphasizing recent Latin American economic history and its impacts on economic perspectives and policies.

The ECLAC Summer School offers its students access not only to the infrastructure and library at its headquarters in Santiago, but also to the human capabilities associated with its various divisions (covering a broad range of areas of study on the realities of the region), and its vast ECLAC network of researchers and universities throughout the world.

In addition to the lectures taught by ECLAC professionals, prominent economists and social scientists are also invited to participate each year. Among those which have lectured at the Summer School are Luis Bértola, of the University of the Republic, Uruguay; Robert Blecker, from the American University, USA; Giovanni Dosi, from the Sant'Anna School, University of Pisa, Italy, and José Antonio Ocampo, from the Columbia University, USA.

Course information

  • The Summer School on Latin American Economies is a two-month training program from July to September every year, aimed at young researchers interested in Latin American development issues. It is organized by the Division of Production, Productivity and Management.
  • Full-time availability is required during the entire program.
  • To obtain the Summer School certificate, the participants are required to write and submit a 10.000-word dissertation on a topic related to the issues studied in the course. Participants currently enrolled in a Ph.D. programme or pursuing post-graduate courses may conduct their research efforts to develop an input for their final dissertation.
  • Courses are taught in both Spanish and English.


Find all the information on 2017 edition of the Summer School here.

Who can apply?

  • First level university degree in economics, development or related fields is required.
  • We encourage applications from students that are currently enrolled in post-graduate or Ph.D. programs in economics or economic development.
  • Fluency in Spanish and English is required.

How to apply

Applicants should fill in the application form, and submit it together with the following items:

  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Two letters of recommendation from supervisors or people familiar with the applicant's academic experience.
  • One-page motivation letter describing academic background and interest in participating to the Summer School.
  • Applications may be submitted by mail or e-mail to:

Summer School on Latin American Economies

Division on Production, Productivity and Management, ECLAC

Av. Dag Hammarskjold, 3477 - Vitacura, Santiago, Chile

Tel. (562) 2210 2239

Additional information:

  • No tuition fee is required
  • Participants are responsible for the costs of travel and accommodation.
  • Participants are required to have medical health insurance and to submit a health certificate according to ECLAC's requirements.