Call for Papers
VI Meeting of the Network on Inequality and Poverty (NIP)
Las Pueblas, Mexico, October 8, 2003

The sixth meeting of the LACEA/IDB/WB Network on Inequality and Poverty (NIP) will be held in Puebla, Mexico, at the Universidad de las Americas, on October 8th, 2003, back to back with the LACEA Eight Annual Meeting also to be held in Puebla, October 9-11, 2003.

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.

The sixth meeting of the NIP will be jointly organized with the World Bank, which will present its flagship report on inequality on October 7th. At the meeting, the World Bank report will be discussed. Contributions are invited on the macroeconomic, microeconomic and institutional aspects of poverty and inequality, particularly related to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

The distribution of assets.

* Physical wealth, credit access, human capital and social capital inequalities.
* Endowments, prices and income distribution.

Institutional arrangements and inequality of opportunities.

* Property rights, economic reforms and inequality.
* Social rights, distributive policies and equality of opportunities.

Second generation reforms and inequality.

* Distributive lessons from past reforms for future institutional changes.
* Inequality and a new wave of economic reforms: opportunities and

The meeting program will include a keynote address, and six or seven 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. Abstracts should be sent by July 1st, 2003, final papers should be sent by July 15th, 2002. Authors chosen to present papers will be notified through email on August 18th, 2003. Strict compliance with these deadlines is required.

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

Luis Felipe López Calva
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Instituto de Políticas Públicas (IPD),
Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, MEXICO

Rodolfo de la Torre García
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Instituto de Investigaciones sobre Desarrollo Sustentable y Equidad Social (IIDSES), Universidad Iberoamericana, Ciudad de México, MEXICO

The NIP may partially finance travel expenses of those participants who are not able to obtain complete financial support from their institutions.

The Global Development Network (GDN) sponsors this meeting.


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.