Queen’s University Global Development Studies Professor Marcus Taylor feels that Chile won’t be as hard hit as Haiti from its recent earthquake disaster.
“Chile is one of the richer countries in Latin America in terms of per capita income while Haiti is one of the poorest in the world. Chile is the globe's biggest copper exporter and has significant reserves through which to finance reconstruction,” says Professor Taylor. “While not downplaying the extent of the tragedy, Chile has considerably more capacity for reconstruction than Haiti, not least because of previous experience with earthquakes. They are well prepared to handle the disaster.”
Professor Taylor has studied the country and is the author of the book From Pinochet to the Third Way: Neoliberalism and Social Transformation in Chile.
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