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The Working Group on Development and Environment in the Americas, founded in 2004, brings together researchers from Latin American countries to study the social and environmental impacts of economic liberalization. The goal of the Working Group Project is to contribute empirical research and policy analysis to the ongoing policy debates on national economic development strategies and international trade. Hosted by Tufts' Global Development and Environment Institute, the Working Group Project has convened meetings on three topics: Globalization and the Environment, Globalization and Agriculture, and Globalization and Foreign Investment. The latest effort, China in Latin America: Environmental and Developmental Dimensions, is a joint project with the Global Economic Governance Initiative at Boston University. All of the papers produced by this project are listed below.

Working Group Publications

Chinese Investment in Peru’s Mining Industry: Blessing or Curse?, Cynthia Sanborn and Victoria Chonn, Working Group Discussion Paper 2015–8, April 2015

China in Mexico: Some Environmental and Employment Dimensions, Claudia Schatan and Diana Piloyan, Working Group Discussion Paper 2015–7, April 2015

A Line in the Equatorial Forests: Chinese Investment and the Environmental and Social Impacts of Extractive Industries in Ecuador, Rebecca Ray and Adam Chimienti, Working Group Discussion Paper 2015–6, April 2015

Colombia and China: Social and Environmental Impact of Trade and Foreign Direct Investment, Guillermo Rudas Lleras and Mauricio Cabrera Leal, Working Group Discussion Paper 2015–5, April 2015

Chinese incidence on the Chilean solar power sector, Nicola Borregaard, Annie Dufey, Maria Teresa Ruiz-Tagle and Santiago Sinclair, Working Group Discussion Paper 2015–4, April 2015

China’s Influence on Deforestation in Brazilian Amazonia: A Growing Force in the State of Mato Grosso, Philip M. Fearnside1 and Adriano M.R. Figueiredo, Working Group Discussion Paper 2015–3, April 2015

An Assessment of the Environmental and Social Impacts of Chinese Trade and FDI in Bolivia, Alejandra Saravia López and Adam Rua Quiroga, Working Group Discussion Paper 2015–2, April 2015

FDI and trade: is China relevant for the future of our environment? The case of Argentina, Julian Donaubauer, Andrés López, and Daniela Ramos, Working Group Discussion Paper 2015–1, April 2015

China-Latin America Economic Bulletin: 2013 Edition, Rebecca Ray and Kevin P. Gallagher, January 2014 (Also available in Spanish)

Chinese Investment and Sustainable Development in Peru: A Comparative Analysis, Amos Irwin and Kevin P. Gallagher. Working Group Discussion Paper DP34, December 2012

Chinese FDI in Latin America: Does Ownership Matter?, Enrique Dussel Peters. Working Group Discussion Paper DP33, November 2012

Capital inflows, bank deregulation and financial institutions: from repression to crash? Argentina and South Korea compared, Leonardo E. Stanley. Working Group Discussion Paper DP32, October 2011

'Smoke but do not inhale': Capital Inflows, Financial Markets and Institutions, a Tale from Three Emerging Giants, Leonardo E. Stanley. Working Group Discussion Paper DP31, October 2011

FDI and Development: After the Washington Consensus, Andrés López. Working Group Discussion Paper DP30, May 2010

Standing Tall: BRICs Improve FDI Impacts and Reduce Risks, Michael Mortimore, Leonardo Stanley. Working Group Discussion Paper DP29, January 2010

Promise or Pitfall? The Limited Gains from Agricultural Trade Liberalisation for Developing Countries, by Timothy A Wise, Journal of Peasant Studies, vol. 36, no. 4, December 2009. (NOTICE: Author Posting. © Routledge, 2009. This article may be used for research, teaching, and private study purposes. Any substantial or systematic reproduction, re-distribution, re-selling, loan or sub-licensing, systematic supply or distribution in any form to anyone is expressly forbidden.)

Don't Expect Apples From a Pear Tree: Foreign Direct Investment and Innovation in Mexico, Enrique Dussel Peters. Working Group Discussion Paper DP28, November 2009

Justice Denied: Dispute Settlement in Latin America's Trade and Investment Agreements, Michael Mortimore, Leonardo Stanley. Working Group Discussion Paper DP27, October 2009

Apertura y desregulación en Centroamérica: Los impactos en la agricultura familiar campesina de El Salvador, René Rivera Magaña, Working Group Discussion Paper DP26, July 2008. Download book chapter (Spanish)

Liberalização Comercial e Agricultura Familiar No Brasil. A Experiência das Décadas de 1980 e 1990, Nelson Giordano Delgado, Working Group Discussion Paper DP25, July 2008. Download book chapter (Spanish). 

La liberalización del comercio agrícola en Bolivia o el desmantelamiento de la agricultura campesina, Mamerto Pérez and Yara Pérez, Working Group Discussion Paper DP24, July 2008. Download book chapter (Spanish).

La soya en Bolivia, ¿el “grano de oro” que no brilla?, Mamerto Pérez, Working Group Discussion Paper DP23, July 2008. Download book chapter (Spanish).

Expansión de la soja transgénica en la Argentina, Miguel Teubal, Working Group Discussion Paper DP22, July 2008. Download book chapter (Spanish). 

Soja: El Grano que Sigue Creciendo, Sergio Schlesinger, Working Group Discussion Paper DP21, July 2008. Also available in SpanishDownload book chapter (Spanish).

Inercia Estructural Y Globalización: La Agricultura y los Campesinos Más Allá del TLCAN, Fernando Rello, Working Group Discussion Paper DP20, July 2008.  Download book chapter (Spanish).

The Limited Promise of Agricultural Trade Liberalization, Timothy A. Wise, Working Group Discussion Paper DP19, July 2008. Download book chapter (Spanish). A later version was published as "Promise or Pitfall? The Limited Gains from Agricultural Trade Liberalisation for Developing Countries."

FDI Spillovers and Sustainable Industrial Development: Evidence from U.S. Firms in Mexico’s Silicon Valley, Lyuba Zarsky, Kevin Gallagher. Working Group Discussion Paper DP18, April 2008

Beyond Pollution Haloes:  The Environmental Effects of FDI in the Pulp and Paper and Petrochemicals Sectors in Brazil, Luciana Togeiro de Almeida, Sueila dos Santos Rocha. Working Group Discussion Paper DP17, April 2008

Natural Resources & Foreign Investors: A tale of three Andean countries, Leonardo Stanley. Working Group Discussion Paper DP16, April 2008

Effects of Foreign Investment versus Domestic Investment on the Forestry Sector in Latin America (Chile and Brazil) -Demystifying FDI effects related to the Environment, Nicola Borregaard, Annie Dufey, Lucy Winchester. Working Group Discussion Paper DP15, April 2008

Foreign Direct Investment, International Rules and Sustainable Development: Some preliminary lessons from the Uruguayan pulp mills case, Martina Chidiak. Working Group Discussion Paper DP14, April 2008

Foreign Investment and Economic Development in Costa Rica: The Unrealized Potential, Jose Cordero, Eva Paus. Working Group Discussion Paper DP13, April 2008

Foreign Investment and Sustainable Development in Argentina, Daniel Chudnovsky, Andrés López. Working Group Discussion Paper DP12, April 2008

The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment in Mexico, Enrique Dussel Peters. Working Group Discussion Paper DP11, April 2008

Foreign Direct Investment and Transnational Corporations in Brazil: Recent Trends and Impacts on Economic Development, Celio Hiratuka. Working Group Discussion Paper DP10, April 2008

Is Foreign Investment Always Good for Development?, Manuel R. Agosin. Working Group Discussion Paper DP09, April 2008

Does Foreign Direct Investment Work For Sustainable Development? A case study of the Brazilian pulp and paper industry, Sueila dos Santos Rocha and Luciana Togeiro de Almeida. Working Group Discussion Paper DP08, March 2007

Economic Integration and the Environment in El Salvador, Herman Rosa. Working Group Discussion Paper DP07, June 2004. Download summary.

Economic Integration and the Environment in Mexico: Lessons for Future Trade Agreements, Kevin P. Gallagher. Working Group Discussion Paper DP06, June 2004. Download summary.

Trade Liberalization in Chile: What is the Evidence of Its Effects and How Can Sustainable Development Be Safeguarded?, Nicola Borregaard. Working Group Discussion Paper DP05, June 2004. Download summary.

The Environmental Costs of Agricultural Trade Liberalization: Mexico-U.S. Maize Trade Under NAFTA, Alejandro Nadal and Timothy A. Wise. Working Group Discussion Paper DP04, June 2004. Download summary.

Trade, Environment and Development: The Recent Argentine Experience, Daniel Chudnovsky. Working Group Discussion Paper DP03, June 2004. Download summary.

Trade, Foreign Investment and the Environment: The Brazilian Experience, Carlos Eduardo Frickmann Young. Working Group Discussion Paper DP02, June 2004. Download summary.

Trade, Environment and Development: The Brazilian Experience, Luciana Togeiro de Almeida, Mário Ferreira Presser, Stela Luiza de Mattos Ansanelli. Working Group Discussion Paper DP01, June 2004. Download summary.

The Relationship Between Trade and Sustainable Development of Agriculture in Central America, Carlos Pomareda and Carlos Murillo. Trade Knowledge Network, IISD and ICTSD, August 2003. Download full report (Spanish)Download summary.

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