Revista de Economía Mundial (REM)/The World Economy Journal: Topic “Inequality in Latin America"

CALL FOR PAPERS (October, 2015)
Special Section
Revista de Economía Mundial (REM)/The World Economy Journal
 “Inequality in Latin America”

Guest Editors
Diego Sánchez-Ancochea (Latin American Centre, University of Oxford)
Julio Revuelta (Department of Economics, University of Cantabria) 

This Special Section will include up to 5-6 papers on the trends of the inequality in Latin America.
Authors are encouraged to read carefully the background and rationale included on this Call for Papers before considering submitting. For further information for this Special Section, please contact the Guest Editors: Diego Sánchez-Ancochea ( or Julio Revuelta (julio.revuelta@unican,es).
Background and rationale of the Special Section
Latin America has traditionally suffered from high inequality, with income and political power concentrated at the top. According to historical research, initial control over resources by a rent-seeking elite led to a highly skewed development model. Yet there is a growing debate in the literature on whether this process begun in colonial times or during the late 19th century.
In the first decade of the 21st century, this historical trend reversed and most Latin American countries witnessed a significant reduction in inequality. Research on this recent reduction highlights the interaction between changes in the labor market and social policy, including increasing levels of education and skills, more redistribute state programs and higher minimum wages. Yet there is still limited work on the links between historical and recent patterns, on the changes in the position and role of top income groups and on the sustainability of the recent improvements.
This Special Section aims to expand our understanding of the causes of the contemporary trends in Latin America from a historical perspective. The Guest Editors welcome contributions on a diversity of topics regarding the current and historical distributional patterns in Latin America including:
    Structural change and inequality
    Long term patterns of inequality
    Top incomes and inequality
    Political economy and income distribution
    Functional inequality
    Public policy and redistribution
We welcome papers from a diversity of methodological perspectives. Authors should submit originals that are not under review in any other journal.

Papers must be written in English. The Guest Editors will pre-select a small number of papers that will them be sent to peer-review. Articles should be no more than 5,000 words in length, including all references, notes and tables. They must be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 200 words and up to five keywords. Submissions should be directed through the Revista de Economía Mundial (REM)/The World Economy Journal on-line submission system:

For further guidelines on submissions to Revista de Economía Mundial (REM)/The World Economy Journal please visit out If you have technical queries about the process, please contact Teresa Aceytuno, Managing Editor of REM, at
Deadline for the submission of full papers: 15 January 2016
Expected publication of the Special Section in the Revista de Economía Mundial (REM)/The World Economy Journal: September 2016.


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