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Trade, Integration and Institutional Reforms in Latin America and the EU

Roland Eisen, Alberto Martin Diaz Cafferata and Ángel Enrique Neder

Ongoing processes in the European Union and the South American Mercosur enforce political and institutional reforms. Economists and politicians must be able to understand these processes to formulate strategic scenarios, to design and implement interventions which contribute favorably to the future. Under four headings the discussion is organized: regional economic integration with respect to financial markets (and the consequences for Basel II), commercial and competitive policy, and the role of foreign direct investments. International trade and growth related to agricultural products, natural gas, and labor. Institutional comparisons and methodological problems with respect to pharmaceutical price policies, teachers’ salaries, income distribution, and critical realism. Fundamental changes of ICT affect governance structures, the value chain, and academic teaching and learning.
Contents: Hada Graziela Juárez Jerez de Perona (Coordinator)/Ulrich Peter Ritter and Gerriet Mueller (Panelists): Education Technologies - comparative experiences – Roland Eisen (Coordinator)/Ángel Enrique Neder and Ramón Frediani (Panelists): Economic and financial consequences of Basel II – Marta Podzun de Buraschi: Is financial integration for the MERCOSUR - European Union feasible? – Fernando H. Sonnet: European Union and Mercosur commercial policy compatibility for the oilseed complex – Gabriele Tondl/Goran Vuksic: Catching up of Eastern European regions: The role of foreign investment, human capital and geography – Ensar Yilmaz/Zeynep Kaplan: The role of Mercosur and the European Union in the formation of competition policy in Argentina and Turkey – Alberto M. Díaz Cafferata/Leonardo Berbotto/David Kohn: Fluctuations of the current account and the causes of the Argentine long-run growth slowdown – María Luisa Recalde/Marcelo Florensa: Effects of Mercosur on the Argentine agricultural international trade: an application of a gravity equation – Ángel Enrique Neder/Carlos Santiago Valquez/Carlos Fernando Ceballos Ferroglio: Determinants of profitability in the distribution of natural gas in Argentina. A study based on performance indicators – Alberto José Figueras/José Luis Arrufat/Mariano Salto: Provincial Labor markets in Argentina: a study of their behavior using EPH data – Roland Eisen/Yasemin Ilgin: Pricing policies for the pharmaceutical market. An international perspective – Mariana De Santis/Héctor R. Gertel/Verónica Herrero: A Comment on Teachers’ Salaries in Argentina and others Latin American countries – A. Paula Palacios/M. Florencia Ruiz Díaz/Héctor R. Gertel/Roberto Giulodori: A review of income polarization: concept and applications – Eugenia Perona: Methodical foundations of comparative analysis in economics: the view of critical realism – Alexander Elsas: E-Government infrastructures. A comparative analysis – Kerstin Herhaus: Implementation of IT Governance in global financial enterprises with distributed data centres – Peter Langner: Organizational strategies in global distributed value chains. An approach for an efficient information exchange of production related data.