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The Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association or Asociación de Economía de América Latina y el Caribe (LACEA) is an international association of economists with common research interests in Latin America. It was formed in 1992 to facilitate the exchange of ideas among economists and policymakers. For more information about LACEA, preview its history and Bylaws. We also invite you to join LACEA. To search for current LACEA members, please use our Membership Directory.

LACEA is generously supported by grants from the Global Development Network and the World Bank's Development Grant Facility. In addition, the annual meetings are supported by grants from The World Bank, The Inter-American Development Bank, The Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) and other organizations that can vary depending on the country and organizer of the annual meeting. Click here to read more about LACEA's supporters.



LACEA Annual Meetings

The 20th Annual LACEA Meeting 2015 will take place in Santa Cruz, Bolivia from October 15 - 17, 2015, hosted by the Bolivian Society of Economists (SEBOL), the Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD) and the Private University of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (UPSA). For more Information click here.

The 19th Annual LACEA Meeting 2014 will take place in São Paulo, Brazil from November 20 - 22, 2014, hosted by the University of São Paulo (USP). For more Information click here.

The 18th Annual LACEA Meeting 2013 took take place in Mexico City, Mexico on October 31 to November 2, hosted by El Colegio de México. For more information click here.  

The 17th Annual LACEA Meeting 2012 took place in Lima, Perú on November 1st-3rd, hosted by Universidad del Pacífico (UP). For more information click here.

The 16th Annual LACEA Meeting 2011 took place in Santiago, Chile on November 10th-12th, hosted by Universidad Adolfo Ibañez (UAI). For more information click here.

The 15th Annual LACEA Meeting 2010 took place in Medellín, Colombia on November 11th-13th, hosted by Banco de la República, Centro de Pensamiento Social of Proantioquia, Universidad de Antioquia and Universidad Eafit.  For more information click here.

For further information about previous meetings click here.


LACER-LACEA Repository

 LACER-LACEA digital repository is a network that provides access to other repositories containing books, reports, journals, working papers and databases on Latin American economic and related topics, produced for public use by international organizations and academic institutions.The LACER-LACEA digital repository supports optimal discoverability and re-usability of the content by complying with Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) standards and the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH).
Administered by LACEA (Latin America and the Caribbean Economic Association) and with the initial support of international organizations such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), the first phase of the LACER-LACEA project is currently launched. By extending and improving access to research on Latin America, the LACER-LACEA network aims to encourage use of knowledge in effective and innovative ways, in order to help solve economic and social problems and, ultimately, improve people’s lives. For more informtion click here.

LACEA and the Global Development Network- GDN

 Since 1999, the Global Development Network has been awarding annual grants to LACEA as part of its program on Regional Research Consortia capacity building. LACEA has been using the funds for a variety of activities. For a complete description of GDN related activities and research opportunities, please visit our GDN subpage

GDNet Regional Windows- LAC Regional Window

The GDNet  regional windows are a key part of realizing GDN's commitment to decentralization and capacity building in developing countries. The Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC) Regional Window is produced by LACEA in partnership with GDNet. The window features news and funding opportunities, policy related social science research papers, profiles of researchers and organizations based in the Latin America & the Caribbean region. The LAC Regional Window is fully available in Spanish. For more information click here. 


LACEA Sponsored Networks

Currently, LACEA sponsors six networks in the field of Capacity Building. Each Network -- Inequality and Poverty, Political Economy Trade, integration and  Growth in Latin America, Impact Evaluation, Finance Camps and America Latina Crime and Policy  -- holds annual meetings in different regions of Latin America. Please take a look at their websites for more information. 

Economia, the Journal of LACEA

Since 2000, LACEA has been publishing the journal Economia. The objective of the journal is to provide a forum for high-quality research directly applied to policy issues within and among countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Carlos Diaz-Alejandro Prize

LACEA's Diaz-Alejandro Prize is designed to honor the memory and contribution of Carlos Diaz-Alejandro, and to encourage high quality research on economic issues relevant to Latin America.


Juan Luis Londoño Prize

LACEA's Londoño Prize is designed to honor the memory and contribution of Juan Luis Londoño, and to encourage high quality and policy relevant research on socioeconomic issues relevant to Latin America.



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JSTOR Access for Members

LACEA now offers JSTOR Access for all LACEA members! Please access here, to be entitled to access the Business Collection of JSTOR.

LACEA's Elections 2015

We are pleased to announce that the process to elect the Vice President for the period 2016-2017 (to become President for the period 2018-2019) and six new members of the Executive Committee for the period 2016-2019 is now open and will close on October 18th, 2015 at midnight. For more information, please click here.

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The 20th Annual LACEA Meeting 2015 will take place in Santa Cruz, Bolivia from October 15 - 17, 2015, hosted by the Bolivian Society of Economists (SEBOL), the Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD) and the Private University of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (UPSA). For more information please click here.

The Department of Economics at Universidad Iberoamericana - Mexico City, invites applied researchers on the Mexican Economy to send papers to the 3rd Annual Meeting of Economics and Public Policy - Sobre México. Submissions will be received until March 4th, 2016. For more information, please click here

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