IEN aims to advance the state of knowledge and expertise regarding impact evaluation of different policies in the Latin America and the Caribbean region.

The Impact Evaluation Network initiative was first brought to the LACEA Committee in May 2007, with the purpose to create a forum where research and expertise on impact evaluations is discussed and exchanged. Over the previous years, numerous impact evaluation papers had been presented at LACEA meetings in the contributed sessions, or in the NIP meeting. Nevertheless, given the relevance of the topic and the increased importance of its application for Latin America and the Caribbean countries, LACEA considered necessary to generate a specific network.


The IMPACT EVALUATION NETWORK (IEN) at LACEA aims to promote impact evaluation methodologies, increase capacity building, and bridge research and policy in the region. IEN holds meetings each year with the purpose to have a forum where research and expertise on impact evaluations is discussed and exchanged. Visit IENwebsite


IEN Network heads are: Felipe Barrera-Osorio (Harvard University) and Oscar Mitnik (IDB).

IEN Annual Meetings

13th Annual Meeting of IEN, at 2020 RIDGE May Forum, Lima, Perú, May 19th-20th, 2020.
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12th Annual Meeting of IEN, at 2019 RIDGE May Forum, Medellín, Colombia, May 21st-22nd, 2019.
[call for papers] [Program]

11th Annual Meeting of IEN, at 2018 RIDGE May Forum, Montevideo, Uruguay, May 22nd-23rd, 2018.
[call for papers] [Program]

10th Annual Meeting of IEN, at Inter-American Development Bank, Washington D.C., USA. March 22nd-24th, 2017.
[call for papers] [Program]

9th Annual Meeting of IEN, at CEDLAS – FCE - UNLP, La Plata - Argentina. March 10th-11th, 2016.
[call for papers] [Program]

8th Annual Meeting of IEN, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington D.C., USA. September 11th-12th, 2014.
[call for papers] [Program]

7th Annual Meeting of IEN, Group for the Analysis of Development GRANDE, Lima-Peru. October 25th-26th, 2013.
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6th Annual Meeting of IEN, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University Cambridge Massachusetts, USA. September 19th-20th,2012.
[call for Papers] [Program]

5th Annual Meeting of IEN, Universidad Nacional de la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. August 22nd-23rd,2011.
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4th Annual Meeting of IEN, University of Miami, Florida, USA. October 8th-9th,2010.  
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3rd Annual Meeting of IEN, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. December 2nd-3rd, 2009. 
[Call for Papers] [Program Day 1] [Program Day 2]

2nd Annual Meeting of IEN, Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. November 19th, 2008. 
[Call for Papers] [Program]

1st Annual Meeting of IEN, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. October 3rd, 2007. 
[Call for Papers] [Program]


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.