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1. In the following interview, James Robinson discusses his thesis about why nations fail,
portrayed in the book of the same title that he wrote with Daron Acemoglu. Discuss the
factors that he mentions about why some nations fail and others prosper. If you have this
book, read the final chapter (conclusions) and add ideas shared there to complement your
answer. Also, provide examples and use ideas discussed in class to answer this question.
2. Business environment is crucial for economic development. The World Bank assesses
each year the climate for business all over the world. Check the Doing Business 2019
report and prepare a table showing the ranking of the best and worst performers countries
in Latin America. Discuss the indicators that support that assessment and discuss three
policy solutions to improve business environment on those countries. (25%)
3. The World Bank also prepared national Doing Business reports for the case of Mexico
and Colombia. Pick one of these two countries, read the report, and describe and explain
the differences by region and provide a general overview based on the key components of
the report. Imagine that you are creating this for a company that is assessing whether to
invest or not in such country, explain advantages, disadvantages and risks involved.
4. The World Economic Forum produces every year the Global Competitiveness report that
provides a snapshot of the economy of each country of the world. Create a table to point
out the best and worst performers of Latin America on this ranking, and then, compare
two economies and provide an analysis based on key indicators highlighted in the report.
Suggest three policy solutions to improve its performance. (25%)