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 Third Bolivian Conference on Development Economics (BCDE2011)

La Paz, 14-15 November 2011



The Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD), the Society of Bolivian Economists (SEBOL), Universidad Católica Boliviana (UCB), and the Bolivian Academy of Economic Sciences (ABCE) are jointly organizing the Third Bolivian Conference on Development Economics, to be held at the Department of Economics at Universidad Católica Boliviana in La Paz, Bolivia, on November 14 and 15, 2011.

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 Santiago Levy (IADB and Brookings) and James Robinson (Harvard University).

Keynote speakers

Santiago Levy (Ph.D. Boston University) is Vice President for Sectors and Knowledge at the Inter-American Development Bank, and Senior Fellow with the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution. He has been Chief Economist of the Inter American Development Bank, Director of the Mexican Social Security Institute, Deputy Minister of Finance and Public Credit, President of the Federal Competition Commission, and Director of the Economic Deregulation Program in the Ministry of Trade and Industrial Promotion of Mexico. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow of the Department of Economics and Politics of Cambridge University, and the main architect of the Progresa-Oportunidades anti-poverty program in Mexico. His CV, a list of publications and current research projects, are available here.

James Robinson (Ph.D. Yale) is the David Florence Professor of Government at Harvard University, a faculty associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research's program on Institutions, Organizations and Growth. He has taught at various universities, and before moving to Harvard was Professor in the Departments of Economics and Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. His contributions to the fields of political economy, comparative politics, and economic and political have been published in top economic and political science academic journals. He is co-editor of "Economía colombiana del siglo XX: Un análisis cuantitativo" with Miguel Urrutia (Universidad de Los Andes), and coauthor of "Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy" with Daron Acemoglu (MIT). His CV, a list of publications and current research projects, are 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 September 16, 2011.

All submitted papers will be reviewed prior to acceptance for presentation. The review process will finish by Friday September 30, 2011, 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
- Enrique García Ayaviri, ABCE
- Carlos Gustavo Machicado, INESAD
- Alejandro Mercado, UCB
- Juan Antonio Morales, UCB
- Beatriz Muriel, INESAD
- Pablo Selaya, University of Copenhagen
- Miguel Urquiola, Columbia University.

The Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF), Danish Embassy in La Paz, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), Sociedad Boliviana de Cemento (SOBOCE), Fundación Estas Vivo, Banco Sol, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Instituto de Investigaciones Socioeconómicas (IISEC) and Boliviana de Aviación (BOA) are gratefully acknowledged for financial support to organize this conference.

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