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March 2017 - April 2017

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The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) and the Latin American Meeting of the Econometric Society (LAMES) will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from November 9 - 11, 2017, hosted by Universidad de San Andrés (UdeSA). The two meetings will run in parallel, sharing a single local organizing committee. By registering for LACEA-LAMES 2017 participants will be able to attend all sessions of both meetings. The deadline for submissions is June 5, 2017. Please note that authors may only present one paper in each track (LACEA and/or LAMES), but the same paper cannot be submitted to both tracks. However, each person is allowed to be co-author of several papers presented. Papers can only be submitted electronically through the LACEA-LAMES 2017 ExOrdo System:

LACEA’s America Latina Crime and Policy Network (AL CAPONE) is pleased to announce a call for papers for the seventh Annual Meeting, to be held in Santiago - Chile, on June 15th and 16th 2017. The AL CAPONE brings together economists and other social scientists from Latin America and the Caribbean and other parts of the world doing cutting-edge research on the Economics of Crime. AL CAPONE’s goal is to foster research using state-of-the-art techniques in order to advance the knowledge on the Economics of Crime in Latin America. In addition, the network promotes discussion and exchange of ideas between policymakers and researchers, in an attempt to generate positive feedbacks between policy and academia. The deadline for submission is April 1st, 2017. Fore more information, please click here.


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Call for papers 

Giving the increasing importance of the cities as employment and sustainable living cores within a regional environment, and all the challenges on these areas for policymakers and citizens; the department of economics of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and the Banco de la República de Colombia will host their first Workshop on urban and regional economics to be held in Bogota the 27, 28 and 29 of June 2017. The workshop aims to provide researchers with a space for presenting and discussing research on urban and regional economics. Gilles Duranton (UPenn), Nathaniel Baum-Snow (U. Toronto), Esteban Rossi Hansberg (Princeton), Klaus Desmet (SMU), Alex Anas (University at Buffalo), Erick Verhoef (VU Amsterdam), Miguel Angel Garcia Lopez (UAB) are some of the special guest that have confirmed attendance. We encourage, PhD students and scholars to submit papers about their original research by March 15, 2017 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More information here.

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the South American Network on Applied Economics/Red Sur1 open a call for research proposals (CfP) on “Obstacles to innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean”. Although most CTI policy frameworks in the region recognize the presence of different market failures that might hinder innovation, surprisingly little progress has been made to analyze the impacts of these failures and address them in practice. The findings of this research would provide valuable insights to feedback innovation policy action in the region. Four research projects (see the list of eligible countries below) will be funded to the value of up to USD 20.000 each, over a period of 7 months (from May until November, 2017). For inquiries concerning the content of this Call please contact Red Sur’s coordination office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Submission deadline is March 15, 2017 at 23.59 hs. (Montevideo, Uruguay, GMT -3), with the subject line: CfP Obstacles to Innovation in LAC. More here.

The 2017 Costa Rica Global Conference on Business and Finance (GCBF) – San Jose, Costa Rica will be sponsored by The Institute for Business and Finance Research, LLC (IBFR), and will be held from May 23-26, 2017 at the Wyndham Herradura San Jose Hotel, San Jose, Costa Rica. The conference welcomes papers from academics, including professors, students, and industry practitioners. Non presenting participants are also welcome. The deadline for submission is March 17, 2017. For more information, please, click here.

El Departamento de Economía de la Universidad Nacional del Sur y el Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales del Sur (CONICET-Universidad Nacional del Sur) invitan al VIII Congreso Nacional de Estudiantes de Postgrado en Economía (CNEPE) destinado a estudiantes y recién graduados de carreras de postgrado en Economía o disciplinas afines. El mismo se desarrollará en la Universidad Nacional del Sur, Bahía Blanca, Argentina los días 22 al 24 de Mayo de 2017. Los trabajos a presentar deben pertenecer a cualquier área del conocimiento económico o disciplinas afines, y se deben enviar hasta Marzo 25, 2017. More information here


CAF -Development Bank of Latin America- is inviting researchers to submit research proposals that measure the impact of specific regulations and public policies on (sectoral or aggregate) productivity. Proposals should focus on specific regulations or policies in Latin America. We invite projects of the following two types: Case studies addressing the effect of industry-specific regulations/policies on productivity. We are particularly interested in "network" sectors such as telecommunications, transport and energy; Studies addressing broader regulations/policies affecting all sectors or a large subset of them. Proposals should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. until March 15, 2017. The authors of the proposals selected will be notified about March 30, and the first draft is expected to be sent by August 31. A maximum of 6 projects will be awarded funding of US$ 15,000 each, with an additional amount of up to US$ 5,000 for proposals that use administrative data. For more information, please click here.

ASBA-World Bank Research Conference on “Long-term lending: determinants and effects”
will take place at the World Bank headquarters in Washington DC, on May 24, 2017. The goal of the conference is to bring together academics and policy makers to discuss trends and patterns in long-term lending, policies conducive to the extension of long-term lending and its effects on financial stability and economic growth. The geographical scope of the conference is global, but special consideration will be given to papers on emerging markets broadly and Latin America in particular. To submit a paper please send a draft in pdf or word format by email stating in the subject “2017 ASBA-WB Conference” by March 15, 2017 to Rudy Araujo, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and Eva Gutierrez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Authors of the selected papers will be informed by April 10 and the final program of the conference will be published by April 30. More information here

InSight Crime's internship program is designed to give candidates experience in writing, reporting, and conducting research for an investigative think tank. The chosen candidates will also deepen their knowledge of organized crime and security policy in Latin America and the Caribbean, and will receive training in how to protect themselves, their sources and their materials both in and out of the field. InSight Crime invites qualified candidates to apply for our internship program, which has three cycles: spring, summer and fall. Applications must be submitted by April 1 for the summer term and by August 1 for the fall term. Please send all application materials to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., including: a CV, cover letter and two short English language writing samples, preferably on a topic related to organized crime and/or Latin America. More information here



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