Karen Cancinos, José Alejandro Arévalo, Eduardo Velásquez and Mario Fuentes, during the first session of the Interuniversity Seminar organized by CADEP

Welfare economics is the theme discussed at the V Interuniversity Seminar Economy for Politics, organized by Centro de Analisis de las Decisiones Publicas, from Universidad Francisco Marroquín, with the support of 10 Guatemalan universities.

CADEP diffuses and stimulates the interdisciplinary study of the public choice analysis, to support and bring up proper political solutions in a society of free and responsible persons.

This year the Seminar explores the welfare economy from five questions: Are the premises that sustain the welfare state model realistic? What results has the Welfare state obtained in Latin America? Are the citizens needs of housing, health, education, social welfare and others been satisfied? Is there less material inequality due to the existence of a welfare State, and is equality a desirable goal? What factors have impeded the politicians to fulfill their welfare state promises? 

The international lecturers are
Juan Rafael Vargas, from Costa Rica; 
Rolando Marín, from El Salvador; 
Adrew Coulson and 
Eneas Biglione, from the United States of America; 
Carlos Sabino, from Venezuela; and 
Walter Castro, from Argentina.  There is also an
important group of local lecturers.

The participating Universities are Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Universidad Galileo, Universidad Mesoamericana, Universidad Mariano Gálvez, Universidad del Istmo, Universidad Panamericana, Universidad Rafael Landívar, Universidad Rural, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala and Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. The Seminar will take place from April 10 to the 12th of 2007. The first session was held at the URL Auditorium last Tuesday 10th; the sessions will be at the UFM on Wednesday 11th, and at the USAC on Thursday 12th.

More photos,
here.