Double Christmas Party, December 2015

This year we held two Christmas parties because during the first one the food arrived so early that we didn’t get to finish the planned Christmas games, and we also forgot to get a proper group photo. Even with two opportunities, we only managed a very incomplete group photo:

INESAD's very incomplete Christmas group photo.

INESAD’s very incomplete Christmas group photo.

Our first – and most official – Christmas dinner was held on Monday the 14th of December to secure maximum participation. As usual, the party started with some team building games. The first game was designed to create the teams for the rest of the evening, and consisted of building four burgers with all the right ingredients in the right order without talking. That explains why some people have burger-related pictures on their backs in the photos.

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LACEA 2015, October 2015

As INESAD was one of the main organizers (together with SEBOL and UPSA) of the 20th annual meeting of the Latin American and Carribbean Economics Association (LACEA), almost all of the INESAD staff went to Santa Cruz de la Sierra to help with the organization and participate in this major event. Below are some of the more fun and memorable moments from the conference.

The evening before the conference, CAINCO generously invited all participants to a welcome cocktail. Evo Morales was supposed to come too, but something came up at last minute and he sent Luis Arce, Minister of Economics and Finance, instead. Here is most of the INESAD team by the end of the cocktail, celebrating that the conference is off to a good start.

The INESAD team at CAINCO's welcome cocktail in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, 14 October 2015.

The INESAD team at CAINCO’s welcome cocktail in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, 14 October 2015.

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Economists in the lab, September 2015

A combination of insatiable curiosity and healthy skepticism led a group of INESAD researchers to conduct a very unusual experiment for economists: Following a carefully devised protocol developed by Susana, we took water samples from our kitchen taps on Monday the 14th of September in several different neighborhoods in La Paz and El Alto, and arranged an afternoon in UMSA’s Environmental Quality Lab to test the quality of the water samples.

For comparison, we also tested a bottle of Agua Vital and a bottle of CocaCola (both from the CocaCola Company).

We were welcomed and most kindly and patiently assisted by the Director, Jaime Chincheros and two other professionals from the lab: Nohelia Rendon, and Marcelo Colpari.

Economists visiting the Environmental Quality Lab at UMSA, La Paz, September 2015.

Economists visiting the Environmental Quality Lab at UMSA, La Paz, September 2015.

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Annual hike to Palca, September 2015

This year’s Palca hike got postponed several times due to rain and other impediments, but Sunday the 13th of September was a perfect sunny day and we finally managed to do the annual hike. Here is the group at the beginning of the hike. This year a couple of Swedish students from MIT joined our team.

Group photo at the beginning of the 2015 hike to Palca.

Group photo at the beginning of the 2015 hike to Palca.

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INESAD Beer and Book Club, August 2015

This month’s Beer & Book Club meeting at INESAD experienced a significant upgrade, as Susana invited us all to her place for Spanish food and Spanish beer.

Beer & Book Club dinner at Susana's house, La Paz, August 2015.

Beer & Book Club dinner at Susana’s house, La Paz, August 2015.

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Los Buhos Locos in Moon Valley, August 2015

During INESAD’s Anniversary Party last month, one of the teams, los Buhos Locos, won a trip to the Moon Valley as well as a trip on the Teleferico. Here is the team reporting back from this weekend’s events.

Johnny, Lykke, Ditte, Montserrat, Agnes and Natalia in Moon Valley, August 2015.

Johnny, Lykke, Ditte, Montserrat, Agnes and Natalia in Moon Valley, August 2015.

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Celebrating the launch of EMINPRO, July 2015

On the 30th of July, INESAD held it’s 7th Economic Symposium in La Paz. This time the topic was Decent Work for Bolivia, and the event marked the launch of EMINPRO, a network of institutions and individuals working on the topics of employment, income and production in Bolivia. Beatriz Muriel from INESAD is the coordinator of the network, and here she is together with the panelists who participated in the symposium:

Beatriz together with the panelists: Ex-viceminister Rodolfo Erostegui; current Viceminister Benito Rodríguez; Ricardo Nogales from UPB; and Anders Stuhr from the Royal Danish Embassy in La Paz.

Beatriz together with the panelists: Ex-viceminister Rodolfo Erostegui; current Viceminister Benito Rodríguez; Ricardo Nogales from UPB; and Anders Stuhr from the Royal Danish Embassy in La Paz.

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INESAD Anniversary Party, July 2015

This week we celebrated INESAD’s 9 year anniversary with lots of games and fun. Here is the official group photo:

INESAD Anniversary Party participants, July 2015

INESAD Anniversary Party participants, July 2015

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INESAD Beer & Book Club, July 2015

Book lovers from INESAD meet once a month to present and exchange some of their favorite books. Here are the participants at the July 2015 meeting.

Participants at the July 2015 Beer & Book Club meeting at INESAD.

Participants at the July 2015 Beer & Book Club meeting at INESAD.

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INESAD Barbecue Party, June 2015

For no particular reason, except the desire to have some fun together, we organized a Saturday afternoon with barbecue and games in Mallasa on the 20th of June 2015.

Enjoying a delicious barbecue lunch jointly prepared by the whole team, Mallasa, June 2015.

Enjoying a delicious barbecue lunch jointly prepared by the whole team, Mallasa, June 2015.

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