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The Economies of Central America, 1860–1940

  • Héctor Pérez Brignoli
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Abstract

The size and basic characteristics of the countries of Central America make them an ideal case study of the development of export economies. They have relatively simple economic structures, which, in the majority of cases, have been dominated for a considerable time by one or two export products. In other words, the effects of internal diversification that were quick to appear in larger economies have taken several decades to appear here. In particular let us note that not so long ago, from 1960–75, the Central American food, drinks and tobacco industries underwent a rate of growth — measured in respect of the added value of the whole industrial sector — similar to that experienced by the same industries in the Argentine economy from 1900–29 (Perez Brignoli and Baires Martinez, 1983, p. 380).

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Economic History Tobacco Industry Export Product Publisher Limited Internal Diversification 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Héctor Pérez Brignoli
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Costa RicaCosta Rica

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