Call for papers: WELAC-LACEA Workshop on “Gender Inequality”

The Women Economists in Latin America and the Caribbean - WELAC (LACEA) committee is pleased to announce a call for papers for the Workshop on “Gender Inequality”, to be held virtual by Zoom on September 23, 2021 within the framework of the 2021 RIDGE Virtual Forum. Papers that examine gender implications broadly defined from all fields in economics are welcomed.

Scientific Committee:
Jeanne Lafortune
 (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), Chair
Ana Balsa (Universidad de Montevideo)
Germán Cubas (University of Houston)
Janina León (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú)
Renata Narita (University of Sao Paulo)
Heidi Smith (Universidad Iberoamericana)

Full papers, written in English, must be submitted for consideration for the meeting. The cover page should include: the title of the paper, institutional affiliation, including address, phone and email of each author and an abstract with the appropriate JEL classification.

Submit your papers here

Deadline for paper submission: June 30, 2021 (12 AM ET)

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Women Economists in Latin America and the Caribbean (WELAC)

During the meeting of the Executive Committee of LACEA in Guayaquil, November 2018, a new committee was created, under the leadership of Raquel Fernández, LACEA’s President (then Vice President). This committee, WELAC - Women Economists in Latin America and the Caribbean - is dedicated to monitoring and encouraging the careers of women economists in Latin America and the Caribbean.


  1. WELAC will be organizing a Workshop on “Gender Inequality” at the RIDGE 2021 Virtual Forum on September 23, 2021. Full papers, written in English, must be submitted for consideration for the meeting before June 30, 2021 (12AM ET). For more information, please click here.
  2. WELAC will be conducting a mentoring session around the LACEA conference which will be held virtually on October 20-22. More information will be shared soon.


The First meeting of WELAC was organized on November 8th, 2019, where both female and male economists attended. The meeting started with a general discussion aimed at identifying the main topics/issues that WELAC should take up. It was followed by a mentoring session for junior and mid-career economists.

LACEA 2020 Virtual Session

Daron Acemoglu’s Bio

Daron Acemoglu is the Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the Economic Growth Program of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research. He is also affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Center for Economic Performance, the Center for Economic Policy Research, and Microsoft Research Center.

Since 1993, he has been a lecturer at the London School of Economics and an assistant professor, the Pentti Kouri Associate Professor, and a professor of economics at MIT.

Acemoglu has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the John Bates Clark Medal in 2005, given every two years to the best economist in the United States under the age of 40 by the American Economic Association, and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Utrecht.

He has co-author, with James A. Robinson, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty and, a 2019 publication, The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty. This most recent work is a sweeping account of the rise of the modern world, Acemoglu and Robinson argue that only in rare circumstances have states managed to produce free societies. States must walk a thin line to achieve liberty, passing through what the authors describe as a “narrow corridor.”

Acemoglu received a B.A. in Economics at the University of York in 1989, an MSc in mathematical economics and econometrics at the London School of Economics in 1990, and a Ph.D. in economics at the London School of Economics in 1992.

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LACEA-RIDGE Job Market Showcase (JMS)




LACEA and RIDGE will hold the First Annual Job Market Showcase (JMS) on October 25-26, 2021. The JMS will be virtual and it is the First Annual Job Market Showcase (JMS). The JMS is intended to highlight the best work being done by LAC economic PhD students going to the job market that year as well as that being done by job market candidates in economics from anywhere working on LAC-related issues. Post-docs who will be on the market again are also able to apply although priority will be given to students who are going to the market for the first time that year.


The JMS Selection Committee this year is composed of Gustavo Canavire, German Cubas, Marcela Eslava, Francisco Ferreira, Susan Parker, and Felipe Valencia.

 Access full program here!


LACEA 2020 Virtual Session

Lise Vesterlund’s Bio 

Lise Vesterlund is a behavioral economist and the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. From 1997 to 2001 she was Assistant Professor at the Iowa State University. She is on the board of editors of the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy and of the Experimental Economics journal. Since 2018, she is a visiting professor at the Norwegian School of Economics.

Vesterlund earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Copenhagen in 1990, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1997.

Her research mainly focuses on charitable giving and gender differences in the labor market. She has published in leading journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the American Economic Review and her work has been quoted over 10000 times. In her most quoted paper (with Muriel Niederle), "Do Women Shy Away From Competition? Do Men Compete Too Much?", they examine in a laboratory environment how men and women react differently to competition. They find that men prefer competition as they tend to be overconfident. Her research has been featured in news outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Bloomberg, Time magazine, and CNBC.

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