Fourth Bolivian Conference on Development Economics

 Fourth Bolivian Conference on Development Economics (BCDE2012)

La Paz, 6-7 November 2012



The Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD), the Society of Bolivian Economists (SEBOL), the Military Engineering School (EMI), and the Bolivian Academy of Economic Sciences (ABCE) are jointly organizing the Fourth Bolivian Conference on Development Economics, to be hosted by EMI in La Paz, Bolivia, on November 6 and 7, 2012.

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 Rodrigo R. Soares (PUC-Rio) and Eduardo Lora (IDB).

Keynote speakers

Rodrigo R. Soares (Ph.D. University of Chicago) is currently Associate Professor and Graduate Director at the Department of Economics of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). He is also a Research Fellow at IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor, Germany), Member of the Executive Committee of LACEA (Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association), and Research Affiliate at J-PAL Latin America (A.L. Jameel Poverty Action Lab, Latin America Office). He has previously worked as Adjunct Associate Professor at Harvard University and Assistant Professor at University of Maryland. His CV, a list of publications and current research projects, are available here.

Eduardo Lora (M.Sc. London School of Economics) is currently Principal Advisor at IDB’s Research Department, where he coordinates the annual report on Economic and Social Progress in Latin America. He has previously worked as Executive Director of Fedesarrollo, the main economic research center in Colombia, as member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Bogotá, and as editor of Coyuntura Económica. His CV is available here.

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 by email (as a Word or a PDF file) to the conference e-mail account, The deadline for paper submission is Friday August 17, 2012.

All submitted papers will be reviewed prior to acceptance for presentation. The review process will finish by Friday August 31, 2012, 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 Plaza, Europa and Camino Real in La Paz.

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 indicate that at the moment of submitting their papers.

Conference team

Feel free to contact us at for further inquiries:

- Lykke E. Andersen, INESAD, ABCE, SEBOL
- Boris Branisa, University of Mannheim, SEBOL
- Enrique García Ayaviri, ABCE
- Carlos Gustavo Machicado, INESAD, SEBOL
- Kathlen Lizarraga Zamora, INESAD, SEBOL
- Pablo Selaya, University of Copenhagen, SEBOL
- Miguel Urquiola, Columbia University, SEBOL.
- Daney Valdivia, EMI, SEBOL.

Information about previous years' BCDE conferences: