Marcela Eslava

Marcela Eslava is Professor and Dean of Economics at Universidad de Los Andes, in Bogotá; a Fellow of the Econometric Society; a research affiliate of LACEA and IPA’s SME program; and member of the directing board of RIDGE and the Regional Standing Committee for Latin America of the Econometric Society. Professor Eslava also served as Secretary of LACEA (2005-2007), elected member of LACEA’s Executive Committee (2016-2020), and organizer of LACEA’s Political Economy Group (2006-2014). She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park. Her current research interests include the relationship between firm dynamics and regulations; the relationship between business growth and the evolution of productivity and demand at the firm; informality; and the policy alternatives to address the lack of inclusive growth in Latin America. Professor Eslava’s research has been published in leading academic journals, such as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Development Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of Public Economics, among others. She has been involved in multiple initiatives and research projects led by multilateral organizations to contribute to the understanding of the origins of the productivity deficit in Less Developed Economies, especially Latin America. Professor Eslava has also served in multiple committees and Missions appointed by the Colombian government to provide policy recommendations in the areas of Productive Development Policies, National Statistics on the private sector, and Social Policies.



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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. 

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