Geographic interpretations of improvement lately became the topic of a lot renewed curiosity and debate inside scholarly and public coverage circles. targeting Latin the US, this ebook examines how actual and human geography has encouraged the region’s capability for financial and social development.

The publication assesses how geography impacts alterations in improvement among nations and extra particularly among Latin the United States and different areas of the realm. the results of geography on local improvement are tested via 4 channels: the productiveness of land, medical conditions, frequency and depth of common mess ups, and entry to markets. The booklet then explores how geography has inspired improvement inside nations via case reports of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru—countries major for his or her geographical range in addition to their vast socioeconomic disparities. those case reports illustrate various exceptions to overseas styles and end up that whereas geography issues, it needn't make certain a country's destiny.

Using the information received from those views, the e-book concludes with thoughts for guidelines that could support nations triumph over the restrictions imposed by means of geography and thereby improve their power for fiscal and social development.

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