We would like to express our gratitude to UNU-WIDER for its generous support, and especially to its director, Finn Tarp, who encouraged us during the three years we worked on this book. We are also grateful to CEDLAS and its director, Leonardo Gasparini, for allowing us access to the SEDLAC database to construct most of the calculations presented in this book.
Many persons provided helpful comments throughout the process of writing this book. They include Leonardo Gasparini for comments on a first draft of this book, and the following colleagues for comments on country-specific chapters: Tim Gindling (Costa Rica), Robert Duval-Hernández (Mexico), José Rodríguez (Peru), and Verónica Amarante (Uruguay). We would also like to thank anonymous reviewers from Oxford University Press and UNU-WIDER whose comments helped us improve our work. Participants at the UNU-WIDER 30th Anniversary Conference ‘Mapping the Future of Development Economics’, held in Helsinki in September 2015, and the 2015 LACEA Meeting also provided useful suggestions and comments on previous versions of our manuscript.
A group of excellent research assistants contributed to the bibliographical review. They are Ivana Benzaquén, Jessica Bracco, Cynthia Marchioni, and Germán Reyes.