Call for Papers
VIII Meetings of the LACEA / IADB / WB Research Network on Inequality and Poverty at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Ciudad de Mexico, November 1, 2006

The eighth meeting of the LACEA/IDB/WB Network on Inequality and Poverty (NIP) will be held in Mexico City, at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México ( on November 1, 2006.

The NIP is an initiative that aims to advance the state of knowledge and expertise regarding the causes and consequences of poverty, inequality, and social exclusion, as well as the whole range of policies, institutions, and social structures that influence their dynamics, as well as the impact of public action.

Contributions are invited in two broad themes i) Informality, small firm dynamics and productivity; ii) Trade integration (Impact of trade liberalization, trade agreements and trade policy in general). In both topics, preference will be given to papers that link these issues with the development challenge of creating more jobs and reducing poverty and inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The meeting program will include a keynote address, and papers selected on the basis of academic merit, each with a formal discussant. Submitted papers will be reviewed by a program committee, which includes members of the Executive Committee of the Network. Papers should be sent by September 5th, 2006. Authors chosen to present papers will be notified through email on September 20th, 2006. Strict compliance with these deadlines is required.

Papers (Word and PDF files) and any inquiries concerning the meeting should be sent by e-mail to:

Luis F. López Calva
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Elia Carrasco
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The NIP may partially finance travel expenses of those participants who are not able to obtain complete financial support from their institutions.


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.