The 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.

Criteria and Procedures

i. The prize will be awarded to an individual who has made a significant contribution or a body of contributions to the economic analysis of issues relevant to Latin America.

ii. The prize will be awarded in the even years.

iii. The Selection Committee will consist of LACEA's President, Vice-president and two other members of the Executive Committee designated by the Committee.

iv. Nominations should be sent to the President of LACEA and should include the name, institutional affiliation and one sentence explaining why you are nominating that person(s). Any member of LACEA can submit up to three nominations. Nominees cannot be current members of the Executive Committee.

v. The Selection Committee will propose the winner of the prize to the Executive Committee.

vi. The selection will become effective automatically unless a simple majority of the EC members object. If the proposed candidate is rejected, the Selection Committee will reconvene and make another proposal. If the second proposal is rejected, the prize will not be awarded.

vii. The winner of the LACEA Diaz-Alejandro Prize will deliver the Diaz-Alejandro Lecture during LACEA's Annual meetings. The winner will also be named an honorary member of LACEA starting in the following year.


Previous recipients of the Carlos Díaz-Alejandro Prize

2021   CARLOS A. VÉGH (Johns Hopkins University)

2018   JAMES ROBINSON (University of Chicago, Harris School for Public Polic)


2014   CARMEN REINHART (Harvard Kennedy School)



2008   JERE BEHRMAN (University of Pennsylvania)

2006   GUILLERMO CALVO (Columbia University)

2002  RUDIGER DORNBUSCH (MIT) (Awarded posthumously)

2000   ARNOLD HARBERGER (UCLA and University of Chicago)





LACEA is now accepting proposals for hosting its annual meetings for the next two years. The LACEA Annual Meeting takes place over 3 days, usually in early November. Candidates interested in hosting one of the next LACEA conferences are kindly asked to submit a proposal to The Executive Committee will carefully review each proposal. Please consult the summary information on the conferences provided here before preparing your submission, and do not hesitate to contact us at if you need any additional information.

LACEA Statement

The undersigned members of the Executive Committee of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) hereby express their great dismay over the recent set of actions led by Conacyt and the Mexican Government against CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas). We also condemn the broader attacks on and suppression of the freedom of academics nationwide in Mexico. 

Read the full statement here

Carlos Vegh is the recipient of the Carlos Díaz-Alejandro Prize this year. Carlos is a world renown economist who has written extensively on topics that touch the heart of LAC macroeconomics: from hyperinflation, to balance of payment crises, currency substitution, fiscal policy, and exchange rate policy.  He has contributed extensively to public goods, serving as editor to the top journals in development and international economics as well as to Economía and as a mentor to many students and junior faculty. We are proud to have him as a member of LACEA. 

Economia, the journal of LACEA is accepting submissions at any time. Submissions should be done electronically in the following link. For more information, please click here.