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Gary S. Becker, Luigi Zingales moderate conference on Challenges & Opportunities for Latin America

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Business Conference:
Saturday, May 22, 2004

The Latin American Business Group of the Graduate School of Business and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago present a conference to examine current business and economic trends in the region. Two keynotes will be given by two key Latin American economic advisers. Pedro Aspe (CEO, Protego and former Finance Minister, Mexico) will talk on “Sustained Growth in Latin America, Key Lessons from Chile” and Ricardo Lopez Murphy will discuss “Recent Challenges for Argentina: Development, Outlook, and Opportunities.”

Panels with business leaders from Mexico, Argentina and Brazil will feature discussion on “Managing Growth and Uncertainty in Latin America” and “Liberalism in Latin America, Success or Failure?” The conference ends with comments from Alberto Verme, Global Head of Investment Banking, Citigroup on “What Does it Take to get Foreign Direct Investment into Latin America?”

Saturday, May 22, 2004
8:30am - 4:30pm

The conference will be moderated by:

  • Gary S. Becker
    1992 Nobel Laureate in Economic Science, University Professor of Economics and Sociology, and Professor, The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
    Gary S. Becker is the Rose-Marie and Jack R. Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and University Professor of Economics and Sociology at the University of Chicago. Mr. Becker is recognized for his expertise in human capital, economics of the family, and economic analysis of crime, discrimination, and population. His current research focuses on habits and addictions, formation of preferences, human capital, and population growth.
    Professor Becker obtained a Ph.D. in Economics in 1955 from the University of Chicago.
    Related experience:
    John Bates Clark Medal Winner, 1967; President A.E.A., 1987; Nobel Prize for Economic Science, 1992; National Medal of Science, 2000; Phoenix Prize, University of Chicago, 2000.

  • Luigi Zingales
    Robert C. McCormack Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business
    Professor Zingales received a Ph. D in Economics in 1992 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelors Degree in Economics, (laurea) summa cum laude from the Universitá Bocconi in Milan, Italy. Dr. Zingales awarded the 2003 Bernácer Prize, the Best Young European Economist.
    Professor Zingales is co-author of the book "Saving Capitalism from Capitalists"

University of Chicago
Gleacher Center
Chicago River at 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive

$35; Students: $30

Those interested can see conference details and register online at or contact Alberto Gonzalez,

Persons with disabilities who may need additional assistance should contact the Center for Latin American Studies at 773-702-8420 or
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