Workshop on Market Integration, Financial Trajectories and State Building in Latin America since Colonial Times
December 10-11, 2021, Reception Room (Sala de Recepcions), Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Barcelona



Workshop on Market Integration, Financial Trajectories and State Building in Latin America since Colonial Times

University of Barcelona

December 10-11, 2021

Av. Diagonal 690-696, Faculty of Economics and Business, Reception Room (Sala de Recepcions)

Program overview

Friday, December 10

09:15 – 09:30 Welcome and opening remarks
09:30 – 11:00 Session 1
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 Session 2
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Session 3 (virtual)
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 18:30 Session 4 (virtual)


Saturday, December 11

10:00 – 12:00 Session 5
12:00 Coffee/Lunch


Session 1 (hybrid). Taxation and social expenditure
Chair: Alfonso Herranz-Loncán

  • Matthias vom Hau, José Peres-Cajías and Hillel Soifer “The Informational Foundations of the Tax State: Latin America in Comparative Perspective”
  • Xabier García-Fuente and Sergio Espuelas “Social expenditure in Latin America during the twentieth century: A new database”


Session 2. Welfare state and education in the twentieth century
Chair: Marc Badia-Miró

  • Sergio Espuelas and Oriol Sabaté “Political regime and social spending in Latin America, 1940-1980”
  • María José-Fuentes “Neither God, nor Master, nor Husband: the impact of liberal reforms and feminist echoes on female education in Colombia in the first half of the twentieth century”


Session 3 (virtual). International trade, taxation and immigration
Chair: Sergio Espuelas

  • Eduardo Crespo and Javier Ghibaudi* “Rethinking the Great Divergence debate from international trade theory, the case of Latin America”
  • Sandra Kuntz-Ficker* “Nuevas series de comercio exterior de México, 1820-1870: aspectos metodológicos, tendencias y composición”
  • Rafael Cariello and Thales Pereira* “Fiscal crisis and the independence of Brazil, 1808-1828”
  • André Lanza* “The dreamed land across the sea: Immigration and land access in São Paulo, 1882-1920”


Session 4 (virtual). Colonial institutions and economic growth
Chair: José Peres-Cajías

  • Alexandre Freitas* “Beyond Market Exchange: Economic Building in the River Plate (1810-1850)”
  • Jorge M. Agüero* “Can Growth and Redistribution Reduce the Influence of Colonial Institutions? The Case of Peru’s Mining Mita”
  • Felipe Valencia* “The Colonial Origins of State Capacity”
  • Andrés Calderón* “TBA”


Session 5. Finance
Chair: Oriol Sabaté

  • Mario Contreras Valdez “Acreedores y crédito en la pequeña y mediana minería de plata en México, 1820- 1870.”
  • Martín L. E. Wasserman “Bonds and debts at the emergence of public credit in Buenos Aires: from the Royal Treasury to the South American Funds National Exchequer (18th-19th centuries)”
  • Alfredo Hernández Sánchez “Between Good Faith and Defiance: narratives of international finance in UNGA speeches”


*Participate remotely