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LAPORDE 2013 – Call for Participants

The Fourth Latin American Advanced Programme on Rethinking Macro and Development Economics

Hosted by São Paulo School of Economics FGV/SP, with support from FAPESP

 7 – 11 January 2013, Fundação Getúlio Vargas, São Paulo, Brazil

The programme is mainly intended for young academics. The list of confirmed lecturers for next year includes Gabriel Palma (Cambridge University), Ha-Joon Chang (Cambridge University), Jomo, K.S. (Assistant-Secretary General, UN), Jose Antonio Ocampo (Columbia University), Jan Kregel (Univ. of Missouri), Yoshiaki Nakano (São Paulo School of Economics), Luiz Gonzaga Belluzzo (Unicamp) and Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira (São Paulo School of Economics). The Programme will fund travel and accommodation expenses of successful candidates.

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Applications, including a CV, transcripts, and a letter of recommendation, should be sent, with a covering letter, to Dr. Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira, Course Director, LAPORDE, São Paulo School of Economics, Rua Itapeva n. 474, 13o andar, 01332-000, São Paulo, SP, Brazil. All documents, with the exception of the recommendation, should arrive in Sao Paulo by October 26th, 2011. Candidates will be notified of the results by mid-November. Please note that we are not able to accept any faxed or electronic documents, with the possible exception of the letter of recommendation. For the details, please refer to the pages sent out with this poster. Please contact Laura Carvalho (laura.carvalho@fgv.br) for further inquiries.

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An Announcement for the third Latin American Advanced Programme on Rethinking Macro and Development Economics, hosted by the São Paulo School of Economics, Fundação Getúlio Vargas, São Paulo, Brazil, January 7th – 11th January 2013

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With support from FAPESP, the São Paulo School of Economics is hosting an advanced summer programme on rethinking macro and development economics for the fourth time in Sao Paulo. The programme builds on the experience of the successful Cambridge Advance Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (CAPORDE), which was held in Cambridge, UK, from 2002 to 2008 and will be held for the fourth time at the São Paulo School of Economics, São Paulo, from January 7th to 11th, 2013. The programme will admit a selected group of young academics, preferably from developing countries with a focus in Latin America, and provide them with lectures, discussions, and research workshops with leading scholars on cutting edge topics in macro and development economics from a number of critical perspectives. There will be no tuition fees, and the Programme will cover travel and accommodation expenses of successful candidates.

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Background

In the wake of the deepest economic crisis in the past 80 years, the reputation of orthodox economics has taken a beating. The profession is now suffering from guilt and rancour. In a recent lecture, Paul Krugman, winner of the Nobel prize in economics in 2008, argued that much of the past 30 years of macroeconomics was “spectacularly useless at best, and positively harmful at worst.” Barry Eichengreen, a prominent American economic historian, also highlighted that the crisis has “cast into doubt much of what we thought we knew about economics”.
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Even if there is an increasing demand for alternative approaches to economic theory, the supply is not responding accordingly. The older generation of development economists of the 1960s and 1970s vintage have been, over the last few decades, edged out of most major universities in international centers of academic excellence, especially in the US. The situation in most developing countries is even worse. While in these countries there may be more demand for alternatives to orthodox development economics, these countries have lacked the capability to generate such alternatives. Due to, among other things, resource constraints, researchers and students from developing countries tend to rely on a small number of standard textbooks and publications from multilateral financial institutions, which severely restricts their exposure to alternative approaches.

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The Programme

The programme intends to fill this important intellectual gap. It will give a selected group of young academics whose research interest is in economic development and Latin America, in particular, an opportunity to gain exposure to frontier research undertaken from critical perspectives on key issues in development and macroeconomics. The teaching will be conducted through lectures and discussions provided by some of the world’s leading academics in relevant fields.
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Each day of the workshop will consist of two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon and there will also have one short night talk. Each session lasts three-and-half hours. The sessions will be mostly in the form of lectures, which will consist of at least two hours of lecturing and at least 30 minutes of discussions with some breaks. Lectures will be given in English. There will also be informal contacts between students and faculty during lunch, tea and coffee breaks. The details of the preliminary programme will be available soon in Laporde’s website (http://www.eesp.fgv.br/pesquisa/laporde).
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Applications

The applicants are expected to have at least a Master’s degree in economics or in relevant subjects with a strong background in economics (e.g., development studies, public administration) and currently be engaged in academic jobs (teaching or research). They are expected to have at least two years’ work experience. Some will be chosen from outside academia (e.g., government, private sector, NGOs), if they have the minimum academic qualification and relevant experience. All these are, however, basic guidelines, and all cases will be considered on their own merits.

Those who wish to apply for the course should send their Curriculum Vitae, an official transcript (showing courses taken and grades gained) from BA onwards, and one letter of reference from someone who is familiar with their academic work. For students whose main medium of instruction during their education was not English, some proof of English proficiency will be necessary. Results of standard English proficiency tests (e.g., TOEFL or IELTS) will be preferable, but other proof may be also accepted (e.g., a sample of written work in English). Applications should be accompanied by a covering letter, indicating the applicant’s full contact details (including the e-mail address, which will be the main means of communication during the admissions process) and their fields of interest within development economics, to Dr. Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira, Course Director, LAPORDE, São Paulo School of Economics, Rua Itapeva n. 474, 13andar, 01332-000, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.

The application should actually reach Dr. Bresser-Pereira by October 26th, and being postmarked before this date is not sufficient. Please note that we are not able to accept any document faxed or submitted in electronic forms, with the possible exception of the reference letter. While we will not individually acknowledge the receipt of the documents, we will be happy to confirm the receipt if asked. Successful candidates will be notified of the outcome of their applications by mid-November, and will be asked for a prompt confirmation of participation. Travel and accommodations arrangements will be made after that.

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