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Latin America’s Economic Future: Shifting Gears in the Age of Heightened Expectations

In the wake of the most severe financial crisis in recent times, Latin America is witnessing unprecedented economic challenges and opportunities that are shaping the region’s growth and development prospects.

On April 15, the Latin America Initiative at Brookings hosted the launch of its biannual Latin America Economic Perspectives report. This year’s report, “Shifting Gears in the Age of Heightened Expectations,” examines the scope and effectiveness of the policies and strategies that different Latin American countries are implementing—or should implement—to address the challenges of today’s global economy. Leading international experts discussed the findings of the report, analyzing the region’s economic performance and setting forth recommendations for governments and policymakers.

After each panel, participants took audience questions.


9:30 AM -- Welcome Remarks and Introduction

9:35 AM -- Featured Speaker

10:00 AM -- Latin America Economic Perspectives


Eduardo Levy-Yeyati

Former Brookings Expert

Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

10:30 AM -- Panel: Market Perspectives


Piero Ghezzi

Managing Director and Head of Economics and Emerging Markets Research, Barclays Capital

11:30 AM -- Featured Speakers


Jose de Gregorio

Professor of Economics - University of Chile

Former Governor - Central Bank of Chile

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