Aníbal Pinto: a Latin American economist

Vol. 11 No. 3 (1991)

Jul-Sep / 1991
Published July 1, 1991
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How to Cite

Serra, José. 1991. “Aníbal Pinto: A Latin American Economist”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 11 (3):463-69.

Aníbal Pinto: a Latin American economist

José Serra
Professor licenciado da Universidade Estadual de Campinas – UNICAMP, Campinas/SP, Brasil.
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 11 No. 3 (1991), Jul-Sep / 1991, Pages 463-469


Aníbal Pinto’s work is at the origin of the structuralist school and of criticism,
since the late 1940s, to the dominant paradigm in the academic world of developed countries.
The criticism was initially centered on the rejection of the idea that, after European
reconstruction ended, multilateral trade and the free convertibility of all currencies would
guarantee similar rates of prosperity among all the countries that make up this system,
poor and rich. A natural corollary of the rejection of this thesis was the strong idea of
industrialization, with its demands for selective protectionism; infrastructure development;
production, including state-owned, of basic inputs; programming and financing of large
investments. Such concerns marked the early years of ECLAC and the beginning of the
work of Aníbal Pinto, one of the most creative, fruitful and influential Latin American

JEL Classification: B31; B22.

Keywords: History of economic thought Aníbal Pinto