Behavioral Insights Network (BRAIN)

LACEA BRAIN (Behavioral Insights Network) aims to unite efforts by Latin American and Caribbean economists to promote rigorous research using behavioral insights tools and collaborating with peers from across the globe. The network’s goal is to highlight state-of-the-art research techniques to advance knowledge on behavioral economics. It also aims to build bridges and cultivate feedback between the policy world and academia, while consolidating data and experiences from interventions across the region.

The network holds annual meetings showcasing cutting-edge research from its field. It also shares experiences through its website and dissemination channels, while connecting policymakers with a broad range of researchers. Members of the network are actively encouraged to send their best work to LACEA’s journal, Economía.

Head of the Network:

Carlos Scartascini (IDB) 2018-2019

Florencia Lopez-Boo (IDB) 2019-2020


The Steering Committee of the network includes Mariana Alfonso (IDB), Ana Inés Balsa (Universidad de Montevideo), Hernán Bejarano (CIDE), Mariana Blanco (Universidad del Rosario), Sandra Polanía-Reyes (University of Notre-Dame), Santiago Sautúa (Universidad del Rosario) and Renos Vakis (World Bank). The executive secretariat of the network will be staffed by Ana María Rojas (IDB) and Nina Rapoport (IDB).


Behavioral Insights Network's Annual Meetings

1st Behavioral Insights Network Meeting, Washington D.C. USA, June 5-7, 2019.

Economia Journal

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LACEA's Memorabilia

A brief history of LACEA in photos:


The idea of creating LACEA was born in Tabard Inn. One coaster from the Inn is treasured by Sebastian Edwards until now.


First LACEA's President Albert Fishlow and Vice-President Nora Lustig at LACEA 1996 Meeting in Mexico City.



LACEA 1997 Meeting in Bogota, Colombia with Nora Lustig as the President of the Association.



The LACEA’s Health Economics network will bring together economists and other social scientist from Latin America and the Caribbean and other parts of the world working on health issues in order to build a community of practice to promote quality research in health economics in LAC and contribute towards stronger health systems.

Directors: Ana Balsa (Universidad de Montevideo) and Dolores de la Mata (CAF).

Health Economics Network's Annual Meetings

2nd Health Economics Network Meeting, Lima, Peru, October 3-4, 2019.
[Call for Papers]

1st Health Economics Network Meeting, Bogota, Colombia, October 4-5, 2018.
[Call for Papers]  [Program]

LACEA's Working Papers Series

LACEA has decided to create its own Working Paper Series (LACEA.WPS) and publish high quality (but not yet peer-reviewed) research produced by a selected group of academics, with the main objetive to create goodwill which contributes to the rapid dissemination and discussion of research, which in turn enhances the name of the institution and widens its membership. LACEA's Associates, who were previously selected by the Executive Committee, have the exclusive right to publish their research in LACEA.WPS without any further a priori filter (although subject to the editorial guidelines and a posteriori revision if the case arises). To browse recent Working Papers by topic, author or year, please click here.