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First Bolivian Conference on Development Economics (BCDE2009 home)  


The Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD), the Society of Bolivian Economists (SBE), and Universidad Privada Boliviana (UPB), are jointly organizing the first Bolivian Conference on Development Economics, to be held at UPB’s Achocalla Campus in La Paz, Bolivia, 8-9 October 2009. 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 Norman Loayza (The World Bank), and Miguel Urquiola (Columbia University).

Keynote speakers

NORMAN LOAYZA, Ph.D. (Harvard), is a Peruvian economist, currently Lead Economist at the Research Department of the World Bank.  His research covers several areas related to economic and social development, and includes economic growth, private saving, financial depth, monetary policy, trade openness, informality, poverty alleviation, and crime prevention.  He is editor of five books, and has published extensively in professional journals. A list of international presentations, selected publications, taught courses, and current areas of research, is available here.

MIGUEL URQUIOLA, Ph.D. (UC Berkeley), is a Bolivian economist, currently Assistant Professor of Economics at Columbia University, Faculty Fellow at the School of International and Public Affairs at the same university, and Faculty Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). His research is focused on the Economics of Education, drawing on Development and Public Economics to study school markets and educational policies. A summary with recent publications, current research and courses, is available here.

Conference web site

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

Paper submission

Papers must be submitted by email (as a pdf file) to the conference team at The deadline for paper submission is Monday August 17, 2009.

All submitted papers will be reviewed prior to acceptance for presentation. The conference team will finish the review process by Friday August 21, 2009 and will notify applicants of the outcome by email. Following the review process, a final program will be put together and posted at the Conference’s web site.

Format of presentation and discussion

The conference will largely consist of parallel sessions, with two plenary sessions. All participants may be requested to serve as discussants.

Travel and accommodation

All participants must cover their own travel and accommodation costs. Arrangements for preferential rates at hotels Plaza, Europa and Camino Real in La Paz will be posted at the Conference’s web site.

Conference team

§         Lykke E. Andersen, INESAD.

§         Carlos Gustavo Machicado, INESAD.

§         Beatriz Muriel, MpD - Universidad Católica Boliviana.

§         Pablo Selaya, University of Copenhagen.

§         Rafael Vidaurre, Universidad Privada Boliviana.

Feel free to contact us at for further inquiries: 

We are grateful to the Danish Development Research Network ( for providing financial support.