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Kenneth P. Jameson
Professor of Economics, Department of Economics
University of Utah, 1645 Campus Center Dr., Rm. 308, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-9300
Phone: 801-581-4578
Fax: 801-585-5649
E-Mail: Jameson@Economics.Utah.Edu
(Last Modified On January 3, 2005)
I was born in Salt Lake City, but grew up in Denver. The Great great grandparents on my
mother's side came to Denver in the 1860s. My father's relatives were ranchers in the
Steamboat Springs area, where my grandmother, Verna Bartz, was the first
Superintendent of Schools in the Craig area.
Ph.D.-University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1970: Economics
M.S.-University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1969: Economics
B.A.-Stanford University, 1964: History
High School: Regis High School, Denver
Married with two sons, both married and each with one child.
I have lived in Latin America for over five years at varying points, since I graduated from
Stanford, starting as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Huancayo, Peru. So I am fluent in
Spanish, have good reading and some understanding in Portuguese; I was formerly fluent
in German; I studied Latin and Greek.
Most Recent Marathon Time: 3 hours 19 minutes (Salt Lake Marathon, April 26, 2004--
age group winner)
Highest Mountain Climbed: Chimborazo, Ecuador (20,543 feet): August, 1995
An interesting radio program on Cotopaxi, the second highest volcano—which I also
climbed-is available at
Cotopaxi Volcano in Ecuador.
(I’ll send you a picture of this)
Dollarization and the Dollar Bloc
I had published in this area previously. There has been an upsurge of interest in the issue,
so I am extending my previous work:
The original article I wrote was “Dollar Bloc Dependency in Latin America: Beyond
Bretton Woods,” International Studies Quarterly (1990) 34, pp. 519-541

I presented new material related to this in seminars in Peru in July, 1999, and in a series
of lectures in Paraguay in May 2005. I am working on further papers related to the issue.
One paper was published in the Winter, 2001 Latin American Politics and Society .
You can see an abstract and outline at
Latin America And The Dollar Bloc In The 21st Century
An earlier version of this paper appeared in Economia #45(June 2000) published in
Spanish in Lima, Peru.

Another paper, “Dollarization: Wave of the Future or Flight to the Past?”appeared in the
Journal of Economic Issues (September 2003) and dealt strictly with dollarization,
focusing on the experience of Ecuador, who dollarized in 2000. An earlier version of that
paper was presented at the Latin American Studies Association meeting in Washington,
D.C. on September 7, 2001. A Spanish version was published in Economia y Humanismo
(Quito) in 2002. You can see an abstract and outline at:
Dollarization: Wave Of The Future Or Flight To The Past?

An extended "review essay" of two recent books on exchange rate regimes in Latin
America and the role of political factors in the decision appeared the Summer issue of
Latin American Politics and Society(2002): “No Solitude: Latin America’s Exchange Rae

The most recent paper, entitled “Is It Possible to De-dollarize? The Case of Ecuador”
appeared in 2004 in the International Journal of Political Economy 33(1).

In addition, another article will be published later this year or early next year in an edited
book entitled “Dollarization in Latin America: 2004 and Beyond.”

Another manuscript deals with the international monetary system, Latin America's role
during the 20th century, and the rules of the game Latin America has been forced to
follow. You can see an abstract and outline at:
The Western Hemisphere Dollar Bloc Game
I will present a paper, which is related but deals more directly with early Latin American
writing on exchange rate issues around the beginning of the 20th century, at the Eastern
Economic Association meetings in New York in March, 2005.
(Students in a Graduate Development course compiled an extensive list of development
web sites. You can link to them as well:
Spring 2005 Courses
Development Seminar II

Economics 7561
(NOTE: This link is to the WEBCT HOME PAGE. I will be using WEBCT for course
management of this course.).

Intermediate Macroeconomics, Economics 4020
Economics 4020
THE START OF THE SEMESTER. I will be using WEBCT for course management of
this course. Students will need to set own MYWEBCT following the directions available
on the Web).

Students in a Graduate Development course compiled an extensive list of development
web sites. You can link to them as well:
University of Utah Activities/Service

I co-directed the Latin American Studies Steering Committee from 1999 to 2003, which
has revitalized Latin American Studies here at the University of Utah. We have
submitted, and received, a number of grants and have a number of other activities
underway, e.g. offering a Minor in Latin American Studies. The most recent grant was
for a Group Project Abroad in Ecuador for K-12 teachers. It was funded by the Fulbright-
Hays Program of the U.S. Department of Education.

I will continue to participate in the local community on the boards of which I am a
member and in the various areas where I serve as a volunteer, particularly at Horizonte
Instruction and Training Center where my students and I will continue our involvement. I
was a member of the YES Working Group of the University/Neighborhood Partners and
am continuing my involvement with UNP. I am currently the Chair of the Board of Holy
Cross Ministries that works with Hispanics in Salt Lake, Wendover, and Park City.
Latin American Activities

With the grant from the Department of Education for a Group Project Abroad, Professor
Isabel Dulfano and I took a group totaling seventeen to Ecuador from June 14-July 11,
2004.. There are a variety of useful outcomes from the effort that will be forthcoming in
coming months. Some of that information is available at the UEN website and at the
Group Project site,


I also participated with the Carter Center in observing three elections in Venezuela,
culminating in the recall referendum of President Hugo Chavez on August 15, 2004. This
was not only an exceptional experience but the presence of the Carter Center observers
was central to realizing the recall and ensuring that it was conducted fairly. While it has
not calmed the country, the results suggest that there may be a possibility for peaceful
and democratic problem solving in the country. Richard Fowles and I have been looking
at some of the claims of fraud and presented a workshop on that issue in the Economics
Department. The Carter Center will issue a report based on his work, and that of several
other statisticians, in the coming weeks.

During early May, I spent ten days in Paraguay delivering a set of lectures on the
Challenges of Globalization. I spoke with groups ranging from the trade commission of
the Congress and the Senate to the American Paraguayan Chamber of Commerce to the
Economics faculty and the Catholic University of Concepcion.

While in Paraguay, I was also able to visit the Jesuit Guarani mission ruins, made famous
in the movie "The Mission.” I also went over the border to Brazil and visited the Iguazu
Falls on the Brazil-Argentina border.

(I’d like to do an Ecuador and a Paraguay slide show
(INSERT Paraguay slide show and take out links below)

Jesuit Mission Ruin, Paraguay

Mission Sculpture, Paraguay

Iguazu Falls Panorama

Iguazu Falls Rainbow

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