Honors Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Croft Institute for International Studies

First Advisor

Matthew DiGiuseppe

Relational Format



Towards the end of 2016, President Mauricio Macri of Argentina announced that he would be re-enacting a program of price controls that had been introduced by his predecessor, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, called Precios Cuidados. However, this time the list of items would contain a greater amount than the previous program, almost 400 more products than before, the variety of them falling under agricultural products. This thesis looks to examine whether or not the implementation of a price control program by President Macri, that has failed in the past, can be explained by the theory of urban bias. After a discussion of the theory of urban bias and the problems surrounding price controls, this thesis then goes to an examination of different governments in Argentina and their attitudes towards the agricultural sector, along with examining Argentina's history with inflation and price controls. It then follows with an empirical investigation which examines variables from an investigation done by Vanderbilt University, along with examining the locations of the different companies to see whether or not urban bias played a role in President Macri's decision to implement this program.


A thesis presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for completion of the Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from the Croft Institute for International Studies and the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College.



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