Leticia Arroyo Abad

Associate Professor of Economics & Int'l Politics and Economics

 Mondays 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in Wilson Cafe; Tuesdays 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in my office


Leticia Arroyo Abad joined the department of Economics and the International Politics & Economics program in 2009. She is an economic historian specialized in the long-term development and growth of Latin America and the Caribbean. Her research takes her to archives and libraries all over the world. 

She teaches courses in macroeconomics, economic history, and inequality.

She has published articles at the Journal of Economic History, Explorations in Economic History, and the Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History. She is also a member of the Global Prices and Income History Group, the Maddison Project, and the Historical Household Budgets Group

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, she got her B.A. in Economics at the Argentine Catholic University and an M.A. in Latin American Studies at the the University of Kansas. She earned her Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California, Davis. After college, she worked as a financial analyst for a few years in her home country. Her plans are to continue her worldwide research travels and to enjoy her new life in the green mountains.



Course List: 

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ECON 0150 - Intro Macroeconomics      

Introductory Macroeconomics
An introduction to macroeconomics: a consideration of macroeconomic problems such as unemployment and inflation. Theories and policy proposals of Keynesian and classical economists are contrasted. Topics considered include: banking, financial institutions, monetary policy, taxation, government spending, fiscal policy, tradeoffs between inflation and unemployment in both the short run and the long run, and wage-price spirals. 3 hrs. lect. SOC

Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

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ECON 0224 - Econ History of Latin America      

Economic History of Latin America
Latin America is a region rich in resources, yet it has long struggled to achieve sustainable development. When, why, and how did Latin America fall behind other regions? In this course we will study the evolution of the Latin American economies from colonial times to the present. We will consider the role of natural resources, institutions, and international markets in shaping the region’s trajectory. Using applied economic analysis, we will explore the challenges, opportunities, and constraints the region faced across history. (ECON 0150) 3 hrs. lect. AAL AMR HIS SOC

Fall 2014, Spring 2016, Fall 2016

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ECON 0285 - The Economic Lens      

The Economic Lens
In this team-taught course, members of the economics faculty will discuss how they use the theoretical and empirical tools of economics to understand the world. The instructors will draw on their individual areas of expertise to present topics such as education and health policy, the minimum wage, business cycles, crime, discrimination in the marketplace, climate and pollution, and poverty and inequality. 3 hrs. lect.

Spring 2015

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ECON 0424 - Econ Prosperity Global Economy      

Economic Prosperity in the Global Economy
The forces of globalization have powerful and controversial effects today, but this phenomenon has deep historical roots. At the center of the globalization debate is whether prosperity is delivered to developing countries. In this course we will study the transformation to the global economy by exploring commodity, labor, and capital markets from a historical perspective. We will analyze the links among the economic dimensions of globalization, development, and growth. Our objective will be to examine the characteristics and evolution of globalization and its impact on overall growth, education, health, inequality, and poverty. (ECON 0240 or ECON 0250 or ECON 0340) 3 hrs. sem. SOC

Spring 2015, Fall 2015

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ECON 0448 - Inequality and Exclusion      

Inequality and Exclusion
Are we all equal stakeholders in this economy? What are the patterns of exclusion in different societies? How does material deprivation interact with other types of exclusion? In this course we will study the determinants and manifestations of inequality in the U.S. and in the world. Using a historical perspective, we will analyze how inequalities evolve by looking at topics such as education, gender, the environment, political systems, and race/ethnicity. (ECON 0210 and ECON 0240 or ECON 0250) 3 hr. sem. SOC

Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

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ECON 0500 - Individual Special Project      

Individual Special Project
If you choose to pursue an area that we do not offer or go in depth in an area already covered, we recommend the Individual Special Project option. These ECON 0500 proposals MUST be passed by the entire department and are to be submitted to the chair by the first Friday of fall and spring semester, respectively. The proposals should contain a specific description of the course contents, its goals, and the mechanisms by which goals are to be realized. It should also include a bibliography. According to the College Handbook, ECON 0500 projects are a privilege open to those students with advanced preparation and superior records in their fields. A student needs to have a 3.5 or higher G.P.A. in Economics courses taken at Middlebury in order to pursue an Individual Special Project. ECON 0500 does not count towards the major or minor requirements.

Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019

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IGST 0703 - LAS Senior Thesis      

Latin American Studies Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Winter 2015, Spring 2015

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IPEC 0500 - Independent Project      

Independent Project
(Approval Required)

Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Winter 2016, Winter 2017

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IPEC 0700 - Intl.Pol.&Economics SR. Thesis      

Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019

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