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Presentation Title

The Sum Is Greater Than Its Parts

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Matthew Spehlmann, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Young 423

Abstract

A glance at Panama’s development indicators leaves the researcher with an optimistic forecast for Panama’s future. However, a more studied examination of Panama at current reveals that tides of growth may soon recede if Panama cannot diversify its economy under strong institutional direction. Due to a less-than-coherent governing body, Panama struggles to efficiently utilize a fundamental national asset (the Panama Canal). This paper examines the implication of Panama’s inefficient handling of its main national asset. Essentially, Panama may be sacrificing economic growth that benefits a large proportion of its population for soaring, yet dubious economic growth that benefits few.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-8-2014 1:00 PM

End Date

4-8-2014 2:20 PM

Panel

Panel: Microfinance, Parental-Leave, and Studies of the Economies of Panama and Kosovo

Field of Study for Presentation

Economics

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Apr 8th, 1:00 PM Apr 8th, 2:20 PM

The Sum Is Greater Than Its Parts

Young 423

A glance at Panama’s development indicators leaves the researcher with an optimistic forecast for Panama’s future. However, a more studied examination of Panama at current reveals that tides of growth may soon recede if Panama cannot diversify its economy under strong institutional direction. Due to a less-than-coherent governing body, Panama struggles to efficiently utilize a fundamental national asset (the Panama Canal). This paper examines the implication of Panama’s inefficient handling of its main national asset. Essentially, Panama may be sacrificing economic growth that benefits a large proportion of its population for soaring, yet dubious economic growth that benefits few.