October 2016 Conference

Institutions and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: Historical and Contemporary Issues

October 14-15, 2016  |  28 Hillhouse Avenue, Tobin Lounge (Room B13)

The conference program is set. All are welcome to attend and take part in the discussion, regardless of institutional or departmental affiliation.

Please register if you plan to attend.

Papers will be posted with password protection as the authors make them available.
For password, email Noel Sardalla.

Friday, October 14

1:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Opening Remarks

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Session 1: Imperialism in Latin America


Chair: Timothy Guinnane

Alan Dye
Columbia University

Imperialism and Entrepreneurship in Cuban Sugar, 1898-1929 [Paper]

Noel Maurer
George Washington University

Could Europe run Greece? Lessons from U.S. Fiscal Receiverships in Latin America, 1904-34 [Paper]

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

 Coffee Break

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Session 2: Colonial Labor Institutions


Chair: Bill English

Leticia Arroyo Abad
Middlebury College

The Long Arm of History? The Impact of Colonial Labor Market Institutions on Colonial Development in Mexico and Peru [Paper]

Ed Rugemer
Yale University

Political Impact of Slave Resistance Over the Longue Durée: Jamaica in the 18th Century [Paper]

David Ryden
University of Houston

Winning and Preserving Freedom Through Manumission in Eighteenth Century Jamaica [Paper]

Saturday, October 15

8:15 am - 9:00 am


9:00 am - 10:30 am

Session 3: Institutions and Large-Scale Agriculture


Chair: Naomi Lamoreaux

Craig Palsson
Yale University

Breaking from Colonial Institutions: Haiti’s Idle Land, 1928-1950 [Paper]

Ahmed Reid
City University of New York,

Capital, Credit and the Development of the Sugar Plantation Complex in the British West Indies [Paper]

10:30 am - 11:00 am

 Coffee Break

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Session 4: Elites in Power and Institutional Change


Chair: Jose-Antonio Espin-Sanchez

Jenny Guardado
Georgetown University

Office-Selling, Corruption, and Long-Term Development in Peru [Paper]

Bernardo Mueller
University of Brasília

Development as Search: Beliefs Across Brazilian History [Paper]

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Session 5: State Capacity


Chair: Ana Maria Ibañez


Luz Marina Arias
Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas

The Legacy of War Dynamics on Fiscal Capacity Building [Paper]

Bill Summerhill
University of California,
Los Angeles

When is Debt Odious? [Paper]