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 July 2020

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 Dear LACEA members,

We hope this email finds you and your families well.

This is an update on LACEA's 2020 Conference.  Given the current circumstances, holding an in person conference at the University of Miami is no longer feasible.  We have decided instead that a small virtual conference is the best alternative.  This will take place over two days -- Thursday and Friday, November 12-13, 2020 -- and be limited to 5 keynote speakers, a panel on Covid-19 in LAC, and a WELAC (Women Economists in LAC) mentoring session to be held around those dates. 

A wonderful set of keynote speakers was lined by Claudio Ferraz and Raquel Fernández:  Daron Acemoglu, Kirabo Jackson, Thomas Philippon, Silvana Tenreyro, and Lise Vesterlund.  More details on topics and on the Covid panel will be announced in the next few weeks.

We are also asking for volunteers for two WELAC concerns:

1. Volunteers to organize the WELAC mentoring session.  Last year was organized the first meeting of WELAC and we held mentoring sessions on topics ranging from combining teaching and research, publishing and grants, to family-life balance. It would be wonderful to be able to organize something similar even if only virtually.  Can you please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the email title of WELAC mentoring if you would be interested in helping to organize this?  Both women and men are welcome.

2. It is important to know the status of female economists in academia.  In particular, a minimum amount of information would be helpful, organized by country.  For example, at the main academic and research institutions, what is the proportion female at each rank?  What is the female representation by field?  I would like to have a few volunteers to form a committee to put together a set of questions (there are many examples of how to do so) that could then be used to collect the relevant information at the country level (by then finding additional volunteers to do this at the country level).  Can you please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the email title of WELAC survey if you would be interested in helping to organize this?  Both women and men are welcome.

All the best to everyone.  Stay safe.

Raquel Fernández
LACEA's President

 Albert Fishlow Awarded the 2020 Harvard Centennial Medal

Congratulations to our former President Albert Fishlow who, on May 27, 2020, was awarded a Centennial Medal by the Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, which honors scholars’ “fundamental and lasting contributions to knowledge, to their disciplines, to their colleagues, and to society.” Read more here

During this troubled period, sharing knowledge is more important than ever.  LACEA present a web-page that lists the latest published blogs, websites of webinars and papers on the pandemia. If you have suggestions of web-pages that host relatively regular seminars, you have an article or your latest research is based on COVID-19 Pandemia and you want to publish it on our web-page, please send them to the LACEA secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Stay safe! Visit our page here.

ECONOMIA, the LACEA's journal, has been accepted for coverage in Thomson's Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), as a first step in its process of full accreditation with Thompson Social Science Citation Index (SSCI). Also, to improve timeliness and usefulness of access, from 2018 onwards the journal will be distributed to LACEA's members in electronic format rather than in print. As previously, the journal is accepting papers on a rolling basis. For more information, please click here.


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Ecos de Economia is a Latin America journal of applied economics, with a particular interest in the quantitative analysis of economic, financial, and public policy issues and/or themes related to Latin America. Articles that include and analyze national data are particularly welcomed until August 13, 2020, since these data are often unavailable to international researchers outside the region. The journal is not interested in manuscripts that are solely conceptual in nature. Ecos de Economía does not charge any fees for the review or revision of articles. More information here

In 2019, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the World Bank established the Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement (JDC). In line with its mandate and recognizing the need for robust evidence to inform policy and project design, the Center is partnering with the School of Economics at Universidad de los Andes to organize the Second International Research Conference on Forced Displacement to be held on May 28-29, 2021, at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. The conference will be preceded by a Policy Forum on Forced Displacement on May 27, 2021. The Center solicits the submission of papers on the collection and analysis of micro data on forcibly displaced populations and their hosts. This second international conference will have a particular – albeit not exclusive – focus on research on internally displaced persons. The choice of the conference venue is therefore not accidental. Colombia has endured over 60 years of protracted conflict and has the highest number of internally displaced persons in the world. Moreover, there is a track record of policies, program design, and academic research related to the humanitarian and development responses to the displacement crisis in Colombia. The Colombian experience can be informative to promote new research and gather attention on emerging scholarship on this important topic from around the world. To be considered for inclusion on the program, completed papers or extended abstracts should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 31, 2020. The papers chosen for the conference will be selected by a scientific committee comprised of Quy-Toan Do (World Bank), Rema Hanna (Harvard University), Andrés Moya (Universidad de los Andes), and Domenico Tabasso (JDC-UNHCR). Authors chosen to present papers will be notified by January 6, 2021. Economy air travel and accommodation expenses will be covered for one presenter for each paper. More information here

ECONOMÍA Journal was initially established as the “Revista Economía” of the Department of Economics of the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Peru (PUCP) in 1977. It is the oldest academic journal on economics in the country, but has now been relaunched as an internationally refereed journal dedicated to publishing original academic research on economics in English, with an expanded and prestigious Editorial Board, as well as a large team of Associated Editors that guarantee the highest theoretical and methodological standards. The journal welcomes academic articles of high standards in the following (non-restrictive) areas: macroeconomics, microeconomics, history of economic thought, regional economy, economic history, labor market, economic fluctuations, economic growth, poverty, econometrics, applied economics, economic theory, finances, socio-economic development, environment, energy, health, education, economic policy, exchange rate, inflation, institutions, corruption, crime. To make a submission, please follow this linkMore information here 

The Global Development Network (GDN) is calling for expressions of interest from research teams based in research institutions in developing countries to act as national focal points for GDN’s Doing Research Program. As National Focal Points, the teams would be expected to mobilize research and have experience in research of the education, research or innovation sectors of their countries. Applications accepted on a rolling basisClick here to apply  

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Benefits exclusive to LACEA members: 1) Invitation to participate in LACEA’s annual meeting, mentoring program, summer schools, and other programs and academic activities organized by LACEA; 2) Biannual issues of LACEA’s journal, Economia; 3) access to JSTOR’s Economic and Business Collection 4) a fortnightly newsletter with information about grant/funding opportunities and academic activities.


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