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February 2018 - March 2018

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Dear LACEA Member,

As you may know, LACEA is allocated a session in the AEA-ASSA  meetings.  This year we would like to call for proposals for a session  from our members.  The meetings next year are in Atlanta, January 4-6, 2019. Unfortunately, LACEA cannot provide financing to attend the meetings. If you would like to form a session, please email me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Ana Maria Diaz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with a fully formed session proposal, using "AEA proposal" as your subject line.  The session can take one of two forms: (i)A regular session with 3-4 papers (with or without discussants). For this option, you should have spoken with the paper authors to ascertain that at least one representative for each paper can attend the meeting.  You should include paper titles, authors, and a link to the paper; (ii) A "high-profile" panel discussion/roundtable.  Here we would require the names of the panelists and the topic.  Again, you need to have ascertained that they are willing and able to attend. The deadline to receive a proposal is February 23, 2018

Best regards,
Raquel Fernández
Professor of Economics

The Research Institute for Development, Growth and Economics (RIDGE) and the LACEA Political Economy Group (PEG) are pleased to announce a call for papers for the RIDGE/LACEA-PEG Workshop on Political Economy to be held at the Universidad de la República (UdelaR), Uruguay, on 21 and 22 May 2018. Full papers, written in English, must be submitted for consideration for the meeting. The cover page should include: the title of the paper, institutional affiliation, including address, phone and email of each author and an abstract with the appropriate JEL classification. Each author can submit and present at most one paper. Full papers, in PDF format, should be submitted online via the RIDGE website: by February 28, 2017More information here

The 9th Annual Conference of the Trade, Integration, and Growth Network (TIGN) will be held in Lima, Peru, on May 18-19, 2018. This conference is sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the CAF-Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), and is hosted by the PUCP. The TIGN conference is a unique event that brings together top researchers and policymakers to discuss recent theoretical and empirical advances in trade and integration and growth broadly defined. The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2018. Please only submit papers written in English and in PDF format. For additional information on this conference and to register and submit a paper please click here.


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Call for papers

La Revista en Ciencias Sociales-Íconos, invita a presentar artículos para su dossier No. 62, cuyo tema central aborda la ‘Economía popular: entre la informalidad y la reproducción ampliada’. Se recibirán contribuciones en español, inglés o portugués, no obstante, los artículos seleccionados se publican en español. La revista aclarará dudas o contribuirá a perfilar las propuestas hasta el inicio del período de recepción de contribuciones. Los artículos deben ajustarse a la política editorial y a las normas de publicación de la revista (disponibles en La fecha limite para el envío de los trabajos es Febrero 26, 2017More information here

The ABCDE Organizing Committee i
s issuing a call for papers examining in innovative ways the links between politics and development. Possible topics include the implications of politics in: Public sector management and service delivery, Aid effectiveness, Social protection programs, Management of natural resources, Stability and inclusion in the financial sector, Firm performance and firm dynamics. Also of interest are papers that help understand the behavior of pollical institutions including legislatures, courts, the executive, political parties, elections, and others. Papers that do not fit into these categories, but are related to the main conference theme, are also welcome. The selected papers will be presented as main sessions of the conference agenda. Those interested should submit a paper (proposals will not be accepted) by February 28, 2018 through the ABCDE website. Authors of accepted papers will be contacted by March 15, 2018. A final draft will be required by May 15, 2018. The ABCDE secretariat can be contacted through email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.More information here

Banco Central do Brasil is inviting you to submit papers to the XX Annual Inflation Targeting Conference, that aims to bring together private sector specialists and economists from academia, central banks and multilateral institutions, in order to stimulate debate and research on monetary economics, policy coordination (monetary, macroprudential and fiscal), and challenges to monetary policy and inflation targeting. Authors interested in presenting a paper must submit their articles by March 2, 2018. The event will be held in Rio de Janeiro on May 23-25, 2018. More information here

The Department of Economics - Universidad Iberoamericana at Mexico City
invites applied reaserchers on the Mexican Economy to send papers to the 5th Annual Meetings of Economics and Public Policy Sobre México that will take place on April 12th and 13th, 2018 in San Ignacio de Loyola Auditorium from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Ciudad de México. Papers on Social Policy, Poverty and Income Distribution, Structural Reforms and Growth, Financial Inclusion, Health Economics, Migration, Competition and Regulation, Public Finance, Environmental economics, Macroeconomics and Growth or any other applied economic topic on the Mexican economy, will be accepted. Send papers in pdf format to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 2, 2018. Financial support available for out-of-Mexico City presenters. More information here

The Bank of Spain and the Office of the Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean of the World Bank are seeking paper submissions for their upcoming conference on “Macroeconomic Policies, Output Fluctuations, and Long-term Growth.” The conference will take place in the Bank of Spain headquarters in Madrid, on June 4 and 5, 2018. The conference is open to both theoretical and empirical analyses. It will feature approximately 10 papers, a policy panel, and a keynote speech by Alberto Alesina (Harvard University). To submit a paper, please send a draft (extended abstracts accepted) in pdf or word format by email stating in the subject: “2016 WB-BE Conference” to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline is March 2, 2018. The organizers will cover travel and accommodation expenses for presenters and discussants. More information here

On Think Tanks, University of Bath and Universidad del Pacífico
 have partnered to produce a series of Working Papers focused on the study of think tanks to give new researchers a chance to publish their ideas and reach a broader academic and practitioner audience. The Working Paper Series will allow On Think Tanks to promote the emergence of new research on think tanks and on evidence informed policy world-wide. There is no deadline for submissions and we will be reviewing them on an ongoing basis. To submit please email to  Andrea Baertl at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; subject line: Working Paper Series:  “Title of your paper”; include your full name; email, address and mobile number; institutional affiliation; attach your paper; attach a 1 page summary of the paper (not an abstract but a full-summary including key findings/conclusions). More information here

For more call for papers, please click here.

The School of Economics and Finance at Universidad del Pacífico is looking for candidates to fill tenure-track professor positions. Among the needed qualifications are: PhD in Economics, PhD in Finance or related fields from world-class universities included in The Times Higher Education ranking or equivalent. PhD candidates may apply as long as they can produce written proof that they will defend their doctoral thesis before July 1st, 2018. Research: At least two papers presented at international academic conferences in the past two years. Greater consideration will be given to those that have been accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Teaching: Good teaching evaluations in the university where the applicant was a lecturer or teaching assistant. Present a research and publication plan for the next five years.  The application deadline is February 28, 2018More information here

The Paris School of Economics (PSE) invites applicants for a two-year postdoc position in applied labor economics. We are looking for an excellent economist with expected completion of PhD no later than date of appointment.  The position will involve no teaching and very moderate administrative duties. The post-doc would interact with PhD students recruited on that same NORFACE program. Please provide CV, recommandation letters and a paper. Applications must be submitted online at no later than March 1, 2018. Enquiries may be directed to Marc Gurgand (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Eric Maurin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). More information here

Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) is seeking to fill in three positions: one for Visiting Scholar – Behavioral Economics Contractual- Defined/Temporary Term Contractual and one for Behavioral Economics Research Fellows- Research Fellowship Program, by March 10, 2018, and the another for the post of Economics Research Fellow - Research Fellowship Program, by March 18, 2018. The program is open to recent graduates (3 years or less) or current students in recognized universities or accredited institutions who are under 33 years of age by the 1st of January of the year when the contract will begin, and have 1 or 2 years of relevant experience. The positions are open to applicants with a keen intellectual interest and desire to work on policy design and implementation. The ideal candidate has some formal training and has participated in projects in the field (or in the lab). Because of the nature of the appointment, fellows with experience working in all sector areas (e.g., education, health, finance, agriculture, government, etc.) are welcome to apply. More here

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta announces the Americas Center Graduate Dissertation Internship for PhD students writing dissertations in the field of economics on topics that have a direct link to Latin America and the Caribbean. The purpose of the internship program is to encourage and support research on topics that are of interest to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The intern will receive a stipend of $1,100 per week, and the Bank will pay for one round-trip airfare between the student's principal residence and Atlanta. Applications are open to doctoral students from all PhD-granting colleges and universities by March 16, 2018More information here

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LACEA has established itself as the leading association of economists interested in the problems of economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean. For 25 years we have contributed to strengthening ties between the research community and economic decision makers in the region and we have fostered debate and dissemination of better economic and social policies based on economic research. On the occasion of our 25th Anniversary we ask you to donate to make LACEA financially sustainable for the years to come. Please take one minute to donate and join in the celebration of this milestone. Thank you!


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