Call for Papers on Development Economics for BCDE 2013

With Professors Eduardo Engel and Roberto Rigobón confirmed as distinguished speakers,  the Fifth Bolivian Conference on Development Economics is gathering momentum. We are now seeking high quality article submissions and invite you and your colleagues to participate. A travel stipend of 700 USD will be offered to some of the successful applicants. Papers from all geographical regions are welcome.


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 development economics. The Conference features keynote speakers Eduardo Engel (Yale) 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.

Paper submission

Papers ca be submitted in either English or Spanish and can be written on any theme related to development economics, focusing on any region of the world. Submissions are accepted in Word or PDF formats on the following web site:

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 local BCDE 2013 hotels.

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 stipend request to right after submitting their paper.

For more information, please consult the BCDE 2013 website.

We hope to see you there.

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