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The Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association was founded in July 1992, to encourage greater professional interaction and foster increased dialogue among researchers and practitioners whose work focuses on the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean. Since its inception LACEA has grown to an organization with an annual average of 1000 active members. Starting from 1996, the association has held annual meetings in Mexico City, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, Madrid, Puebla, San José Costa Rica and Paris.

To help promote the interaction of young and seasoned economists, as well as social scientists and development practitioners, LACEA sponsors ten networks in the field of Capacity Building. Each Network - Inequality and Poverty, Political Economy, Trade, integration and Growth in Latin America, Impact Evaluation, Finance Camps, America Latina Crime and Policy, Labor Network, Health Economics Network, Behavioral Economics Network and Economic History Network - holds annual meetings in different regions of Latin America. All the details related to the LACEA's Networks, can be found here. Besides from 2001 to 2009 LACEA sponsored the Regional Integration Network (RIN). Since 2000, LACEA has been publishing its own Journal Economia that has recently released its twenty-second issue. Also, 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.

LACEA has increasingly evolved to a funding allocation on the basis of a competitive process, under which funds are allocated to the various activities based both on quality standards and capacity-building criteria. LACEA funding has been used to reach out to minorities, and economists of under-represented countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as to bring policy-makers closer to the association’s activities.


Legal Status of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association:

On December 3,1996 LACEA was incorporated under section 402 of the New York Not-for-profit Corporation Law as Type A Education Not-for-Profit corporation in the State of New York. On August 2, 1999 was recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue services as a tax exempt nonprofit corporation under Section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in section 501(c)(3).