Monday, July 22, 2013

Call for conference's papers: 5th Bolivian Conference on Development Economics (BCDE 2013)

5th Bolivian Conference on Development Economics (BCDE 2013)
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, November 14 and 15, 2013

The Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD), the Society of Bolivian Economists (SEBOL),
the Private University of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (UPSA), the Chamber of Industry, Commerce, Services
and Tourism of Santa Cruz (CAINCO), the Bolivian Academy of Economic Sciences (ABCE) and the School of Economists of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (CESC) are jointly organizing the Fifth Bolivian Conference on Development Economics, to be held at the Faculty of Entrepreneurial Science at UPSA in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, on November 14 and 15, 2013.
The conference aims at bringing together local and international scholars for the exchange of ideas and
discussion of recent results within theoretical and applied development economics research. We
particularly encourage female researchers and young Bolivian researchers to submit papers on all topics
within the field of economics. The Conference features keynote speakers Eduardo Engel (Yale and
University of Chile) and Roberto Rigobón (MIT).

Keynote speakers

Eduardo Engel (Ph.D. Stanford, MIT), is Professor of Economics at Yale University, and President of
Espacio Público think tank in Santiago, Chile. He is also a research associate at the NBER, and the
International Growth Centre at LSE and Oxford. He has contributed extensively in the areas of
macroeconomics, public finance and regulation. He received the Econometric Society's 2002 Frisch
Medal jointly with Ricardo Caballero – award given every two years to an applied article published in
Econometrica during the past five years. He is coauthor of "The Economics of Public‐Private
Partnerships: A Basic Guide" (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), coeditor of "External Shocks
and Stabilization Mechanisms" (IADB and Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993), and author of "A Road
to Randomness in Physical Systems" (Springer, New York, 1992). He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from
MIT, a Ph.D. in Statistics from Stanford University, and an engineering degree from Universidad de Chile
in Santiago.
Roberto Rigobón (Ph.D. MIT) is the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Applied Economics at the Sloan
School of Management at MIT. He is also the President of LACEA (2012‐2013), a research associate of
the NBER, member of the US Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee, and visiting professor at
IESA in Venezuela. He has made substantial contributions in the areas of international economics,
monetary economics, and development economics. His recent research focuses on the causes of
balance‐of‐payments crises, financial crises, and the propagation of them across countries ‐ the
phenomenon that has been identified in the literature as contagion. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from
MIT, an MBA from IESA, and a BSc in Electrical Engineer from Universidad Simón Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela.

Conference website

The conference program, further details and news will be posted at the Conference’s website: 

Format of presentations and discussion

The conference will largely consist of parallel sessions, plenary sessions, and 2 keynote lectures. All
participants may be requested to serve as discussants in the parallel sessions.

Paper submission

Papers must be submitted as a Word or PDF file using the online submission site:‐bin/conference/conference.cgi?action=login&db_name=BCDE2013
The deadline for paper submission is Monday August 19, 2013.
All submitted papers will be reviewed prior to acceptance for presentation. The review process will
finish by Monday September 02, 2013, and the organizers will notify applicants of the outcome by email.
A program with details of all scheduled presentations will be posted at the Conference’s web site.

Travel and accommodation

All participants must cover their own travel and accommodation costs, but the organizers have made
arrangements for preferential rates at hotels Buganvillas, Camino Real, Canciller, Caparuch, Cortez, LP,
Las Américas, and Los Tajibos.

A travel stipend of 700 USD will be offered to some of the successful applicants residing outside Bolivia,
based on the quality of their submissions. Applicants interested in being considered for one of these
stipends, should send a request by e‐mail to after submitting their paper.
Conference team
Feel free to contact us at for further inquiries,

  • Carlos Gustavo Machicado (Society of Bolivian Economists and INESAD)
  • Pablo Selaya (University of Copenhagen and Harvard University)
  • Lykke Andersen (INESAD)
  • Gustavo Canavire (University EAFIT)
  • Miguel Urquiola (Columbia University)
  • Enrique Garcia Ayaviri (ABCE)
  • David Suarez (CAINCO)
  • Mary Esther Parada (UPSA)
  • Katherina Capra (Society of Bolivian Economists).

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