Countries Gone Bad Seminar

Saturday, March 4, 2017 in Denver

Class is full -- Call 303-752-2323 to be waitlisted

It’s a challenge for economists to explain why some once rich countries become poor, and why some countries that should be rich are not. Were these “countries gone bad” innocent victims of an international system rigged against them? Or were their citizens victims of their own leaders? How could Venezuela, formerly one of the richest countries in Latin America, with more oil reserves than Saudi Arabia, have an economy lacking necessities like food and medicine? And, to paraphrase a former world leader: Is Brazil the country of the future and always will be? This class will examine some basket case economies, and some not so basket case ones, in the broader context of economic development and globalization. There might even be some cautionary tales for wealthy countries—like the US.

Grades: Secondary
Place | Time: 3443 S Galena Street, 2nd Floor, Denver, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
FEE: $25*
Optional Credit:  ½ UCCS ECON 6310 Graduate Credit Hour, $50. Credit is good for Certificate in Economic Education** 
Faculty: Neal Rappaport, PhD, Visiting Professor of Economics, Colorado College; Ken Benson, Teacher, Niwot High School
Includes: Light breakfast and lunch


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