Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis (Master's)

Department or Program

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Peter DeShazo

Second Advisor

Douglas Irwin

Third Advisor

Bruce Sacerdote


In the last century, Argentina faced an astonishing economic downturn that remains until today, frustrating all who learn its economic history, explore the country's potential, and stay in tune with its political-economic present. This research examines Argentina's economic history, revises the main drivers that signed its economic drama, and proposes guidelines to address new opportunities by encouraging its private sector. By using Vista Oil and Gas as an exemplary case, this work proposes Vista's business model as an initiative perfectly compatible with the primary macroeconomic needs that Argentina currently has that should be highly considered for developing its private sector. Furthermore, the paper explains how Argentina could restructure its engagement with private enterprises and studies the main mistakes and lessons from the Argentine economic policy and the new perspectives under the current global context.