2019 – Costa Rica
Productive Transformation, Regional Asymmetries, and Social Exclusion in Ibero-America
The vertiginous changes experienced by contemporary society have been accompanied by processes involving the restructuring and relocation of productive activities, both globally and locally. Technological change has led to greater flexibility of production systems and labor markets, which is expressed in a dynamic of capital accumulation that does not anchor itself to territories, but instead moves permanently through space and across borders in search of greater profitability. This phenomenon – typical of the flexible accumulation of capital – has generated new conditions for the concentration of productive activities in new centers of agglomeration, leaving in its wake a problem of unequal development, which reproduces the territorial asymmetries and the social exclusion of the populations who live in peripheral areas or who do not possess the necessary qualifications to enter the new labor markets.
Ibero-American countries face the challenge of designing and implementing public policies and development strategies that can adapt to the new conditions established by the knowledge society, with the purpose of promoting a productive transformation with equity and environmental sustainability, capable of reducing territorial asymmetries in access to basic goods and services as well as to the labor market. This task incorporates a vision of wellbeing where social inclusion (gender, ethnicity, race, immigrant work, etc.) is at the center of the development agenda.
Hosted by the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica
1 April 2019: Abstract and session submissions open
31 July 2019: Deadline to submit abstracts and sessions
15 September 2019: Communication of the selection process ends
20-22 November 2019: 4th SASE-RISE (School of Economics, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica – Heredia)