Crime and violence are perhaps the most important problems that Latin American and Caribbean countries and cities are facing today. Therefore, LACEA creates a new network geared toward these issues in order to promote research by offering academics a consistent meeting where they can discuss their work with their peers on these issues.  

AL CAPONE  aims at bringing together efforts by Latin American and Caribbean economists from other parts of the world doing research on the determinants and consequences of crime and violence in Latin America and the Caribbean. The target is to give special emphasis to research on this topic that uses state-of-the-art techniques in order to advance the knowledge on the economics of crime in the region. Also, one of the key objectives of the network is to promote discussion and exchanges between policymakers and researchers, in an attempt to generate positive feedbacks between policy and new academic research. Finally, the network will help in the consolidation of data sources on crime and violence by promoting meetings between different crime observatories across the region. 

AL CAPONE Network head is Juan vargas (Universidad del Rosario). 

AL CAPONE Annual Meetings

10th Annual Meeting of AL CAPONE, Reggio Calabria, Italy. June 19-20, 2020.
[Call for papers]

9th Annual Meeting of AL CAPONE, Medellín, Colombia. May 22-23, 2019.
[Call for papers] [Program]

8th Annual Meeting of AL CAPONE, Washington D.C., USA. September 6-7, 2018.
[Call for papers]

7th Annual Meeting of AL CAPONE, Santiago, Chile. June 15-16, 2017.
[Call for papers] [Program]

6th Annual Meeting of AL CAPONE, Buenos Aires, Argentina. June 23-24, 2016.
[Call for papers] [Program]

5th Annual Meeting of AL CAPONE/RIDGE, Montevideo, Uruguay. March 23-24, 2015.
[Call for papers]

4th Annual Meeting of AL CAPONE, Sao Paulo School of Economics, Sao Paulo. Brazil. April 24-25, 2014.
[Call for papers]

3rd Annual Meeting of AL CAPONE, Universidad EAFIT, Medellin, Colombia. May 9-10, 2013. 
[Call for Papers] [Program]

2nd Annual Meeting of AL CAPONE, University of California, Berkeley, May 3-4, 2012.
[Call for Papers] [Program]

1st Annual Meeting of AL CAPONE, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 23-24, 2011.
[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.