Research Teams

Local and Regional Development

The aim of this group is to study local and regional development in Uruguay as a long-run economic and social process. The analytical framework for studying the development of different territories (Departments and regions) necessitates a complex view of the processes of capital accumulation and structural change, the determinants of which are understood to be the result of social, economic, institutional and historical processes. In this sense, the possibilities for local and regional development are related to the development of internal capabilities. For this reason we place an emphasis on analyzing the endogeneity of the process. Endogeneity is understood as the ability to generate internal change or to internalize external processes in a positive way, in the context of globalization. In particular, the border relations within the context of the South American southern cone region are considered important in order to better understand the process of development of the country, and within it (among its regions). At the same time, approaches regarding sustainable development, with a view towards its economic, social and environmental dimensions, as well as the interrelations between these, have a transversal presence in the group’s research agenda, promoting an integral view of the phenomenon of development in the territory.

The group’s primary lines of research are: i) Departmental GDP and regional development in Uruguay, 1900-2000, ii) convergence and divergence in Uruguay’s regional development, 1984-2011, iii) decentralization and financing local development.


  • Contribute to the understanding and characterization of local and regional development in Uruguay, and to its explanatory factors, from a long-term perspective for the period 1900-2000 and from a medium-term perspective for the period 1985-2012.
  • In particular, we hope to find evidence on the importance of endogenous capabilities of territories (Departments, localities) in order to explain relative performance in terms of economic and social development.
  • In the process of pursuing the above-mentioned objectives we hope to construct a set of indicators of local and regional development, as well as of its determining factors. The information processed and elaborated constitutes a contribution for future research.
  • Another objective is to analyze the recent process of decentralization being implemented in the country and to study, with the help of international experiences, the possibilities for financing local development in Uruguay.

  Recent publications in the area
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Date: 2018
This article proposes an analytical framework to study local development as a socio-territorial project based on local social capital. Grounded on local endogenous development literature, social capital theories and social network analysis methodologies, the article proposes three hypotheses describing inter-organisational network properties required for the construction of a socio-territorial development project
Type of Publication : Working Papers
Language: Spanish
Author/s: Galaso, Pablo
Date: 2017
This paper outlines a theoretical framework to study collective social capital at the local scale using social network analysis. To do so, it develops a review on empirical research that found evidence regarding the impact of networks on the performance of cities and regions.
Date: 2017
This article analyzes the networks of organizations implementing territorial social policies in Uruguay. It studies four neighborhoods with a high concentration of poor households and analyzes three types of links reflecting three inter-organizational interactions: project development, information request and infrastructure sharing. Social network analysis methods are applied with a global, groupal, and individual perspective, focusing on the Ministry of Social Development (MIDES).
Author/s: Rodríguez Miranda, Adrián ; Florencia Beder
Type of Publication : Working Papers
Date: 2016
In this paper we explore the bidirectional relationship between intergovernmental transfers and regional income inequalities in Uruguay.
Author/s: Castro, Pablo; Willebald, Henry ; Araujo, Micaela
Date: 2015
The main objective of this paper is to estimate Uruguayan agricultural gross value added (VAB by its Spanish abbreviation) by region in the long run. Estimates of the agricultural VAB by Department (19 administrative units) are presented, covering a century of Uruguayan history, and the main stylized facts that account for the territorial location of agricultural and livestock production in the long run are described.
Date: 2015
This paper analyzes the recent cooperation of Spanish territories (mainly the Canary Islands and Deputation of Barcelona) with Canelones, Uruguay from 2005 to 2010.
Date: 2014
In this paper we analyze the mediating role of governance quality in the relationship between fiscal decentralization and regional disparities. Previous work has argued that fiscal decentralization has the potential to reduce income differences across regions but that this potential may not be realized because of governance problems associated with sub-national authorities. Our empirical evidence based on a sample of departments (regions) of Uruguay over the period 1990-2010 lends support to this idea. The empirical results show that fiscal decentralization promotes regional convergence, and this effect is boosted in high governance quality settings.
Author/s: Rodríguez Miranda, Adrián ; Barrenechea, Pedro; Troncoso, Carlos
Type of Publication : Working Papers
Author/s: Rodríguez Miranda, Adrián ; Troncoso, Carlos; Gariazzo, Florencia; Parada, Cecilia
Type of Publication : Working Papers
Author/s: Rodríguez Miranda, Adrián ; Sbrocca, Fiorella; Fernández Pavlovich, Marcelo; Assandri, Carla
Type of Publication : Working Papers
Type of Publication : Working Papers
Date: 2010
This article proposes a conceptual framework for analyzing local development in cross-border localities between Uruguay and Brazil. The discussion takes into account previous research that analyze the development in this region and the international literature that addresses the issue of the border, about its importance as a physical, commercial and mental barrier.
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