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Collections for the study of the economy of Latin American countries

This page gives an overview of the material the British Library holds for the study of the economy of Latin American countries and Latin America as a region, and advice on how you can find and use it

Latin America is playing an increasingly important role in the world economy, based partly on its rich natural resources and the improved political stability the region has enjoyed since the 1980s. The political and economic development of many Latin American countries is therefore attracting increasing interest from researchers, politicians, academics and investors worldwide, who seek to understand the emerging role of the region as a future major player in the 21st century global economy.

Collection overview

The British Library holds one of the most extensive collections in the UK dealing with Latin American socio-economic and political issues. Materials are held in various languages, in print and digital formats, and cover a wide range of publications, from academic journals, books, reports, and statistics to market research and reports from international organisations. The collection offers multi-disciplinary resources for understanding the Latin American economy, with particular emphasis on:

  • Globalisation
  • Exploitable reserves
  • Sustainability
  • International trade and investment
  • Regional co-operation
  • Economic history and theory
  • Taxation
  • Economic reforms and policy
  • Inflation and foreign debt
  • Migration and social exclusion.

Finding aids

Explore the British Library to find details of books, reports, journal titles, newspapers, maps and many more parts of the Library’s collections.

Contact for collection development

Comments and suggestions about the collection are welcome. Please contact:

Aquiles Alencar-Brayner
Curator, Latin American Collections
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7709

Enquiry team

Humanities Reference Service and Sound & Vision Reference Service
British Library
96 Euston Road

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7412 7831

E-mail: Ask the Humanities Reference Team