The Society of Bolivian Economists (SEBOL), the Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD), the Bolivian Academy of Economic Sciences (ABCE) and Universidad Privada Boliviana (UPB), are jointly organizing the 7th Bolivian Conference on Development Economics, which will be held on December 8th to 9th, 2016, at the UPB Campus in La Paz, Bolivia.

The conference will bring together local and international scholars for the exchange of ideas and discussion of recent results within theoretical and applied development economics research. As highlights of the 2016 BCDE, we will have two Keynote Lectures delivered by David Bishai, Professor of Health Economics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and by Francisco H. G. Ferreira, Senior Adviser at the World Bank’s Development Research Group.

The 7th Bolivian Conference on Development Economics in La Paz follows up on six previous conferences held in La Paz, Santa Cruz, and Cochabamba, which had attracted prestigious researchers and policymakers from a variety of developed and developing countries, including Keynote Speakers such as Norman Loayza, Miguel Urquiola, Beatriz Armendáriz, Máximo Torero, Santiago Levy, James Robinson, Rodrigo Soares, Eduardo Lora, Roberto Rigobon, Eduardo Engel, Hans Rosling and Tyler Cowen.

We are delighted to announce that the 7th Bolivian Conference on Development Economics will be held at the Campus of Universidad Privada Boliviana (UPB) in La Paz, Bolivia, on December 8th and 9th, 2016. This conference is jointly organized by the Society of Bolivian Economists (SEBOL), the Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD), the Bolivian Academy of Economic Sciences (ABCE), and Universidad Privada Boliviana (UPB).

The conference will bring together local and international scholars for the exchange of ideas and discussion of recent results within theoretical and applied economics, and other disciplines related to development. We seek high quality academic work that enriches and challenges our knowledge. We particularly encourage female researchers and young Bolivian researchers to submit papers. The conference will be organized to foster interaction and exchange of ideas among the participants in a relaxed atmosphere.

As highlights of the 2016 BCDE, we will have two Keynote Lectures delivered by David Bishai, Professor of Health Economics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and by Francisco H. G. Ferreira, Senior Adviser at the World Bank’s Development Research Group.

The 7th Bolivian Conference on Development Economics in La Paz follows up on six previous conferences held in La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba, which have attracted prestigious researchers and policymakers from a variety of developed and developing countries, including Keynote Lectures by Norman Loayza, Miguel Urquiola, Beatriz Armendáriz, Máximo Torero, Santiago Levy, James Robinson, Rodrigo Soares, Eduardo Lora, Roberto Rigobon, Eduardo Engel, Hans Rosling and Tyler Cowen.

Format of Presentations and Discussion
The conference will largely consist of Parallel Sessions, Plenary Sessions and two Keynote Lectures.

Paper Submission

Researchers interested in participating should send an email to bcde2016@lp.upb.edu, attaching the Working Paper (in Microsoft Word or PDF format, either in English or Spanish) and providing the following information:

Applicant
Information

Name
Surname
Affiliation
E-mail

Paper Information

Title
Keywords
JEL Codes
Paper type (please mark with an X) Theoretical
Empirical
Both

All submitted papers will be reviewed prior to acceptance for presentation. The review process will conclude by September 30, 2016, and the organizers will notify applicants of the outcome by email soon after this date. A program with details of all scheduled presentations will be posted at the Conference’s web site.The deadline for Papers submission is August 31th, 2016.

Travel and Accommodation 
Presenters are expected to participate in the entire 2-day conference. All participants must cover their own travel and accommodation expenses, but the organizers have made arrangements for preferential rates at several Hotels in La Paz (This information is available in the Logistics tab of this website).

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 request by e-mail to bcde2016@lp.upb.edu right after submitting their paper.

Conference Chairman:
Boris Branisa (INESAD, SEBOL)

Conference Organizing Committe:
Lykke Andersen (INESAD, SEBOL, ABCE)
Gustavo Canavire (EAFIT, SEBOL)
Stefano Canelas (INESAD)
Luis Castro (UPB, SEBOL)
Enrique García Ayaviri (ABCE)
Carlos Gustavo Machicado (INESAD, SEBOL)
Oscar Molina (UPB, ABCE, SEBOL)
Joaquín Morales (UPB, SEBOL)
Ricardo Nogales (UPB, SEBOL)
Natalia Zegarra (INESAD, SEBOL)

Please contact us at bcde2016@lp.upb.edu if you have any questions or require further information.

Conference attendance fees are set according to the following slightly complicated schedule in order to encourage early registration and to provide an economical option for students.

Before November 30th, 2016 From December 1th, 2016
Students Bs. 300 or $us. 45 Bs. 400 or $us. 60
Professionals Bs. 500 or $us. 75 Bs. 600 or $us. 90

The conference fee includes: full conference access, conference material, coffee breaks, lunch buffets, conference dinner (presenters only), and farewell cocktail party.

Places open for registration:

LA PAZ:

  • INESAD, Obrajes, Av. Ormachea #6115 (entre c. 15 y 16), ask for Karim Martínez.
    • UPB, Obrajes. Av. Hernando Siles esq. C. 5, ask for Carlos Foronda.
    • UPB, Campus Achocalla (Mallasa – Achocallla Km 3.5), ask for Joaquín Morales.

COCHABAMBA:

  • UPB, Carrera de Economía, ask for Ricardo Nogales or Pamela Córdova.

For other registration options, please contact Natalia Zegarra at bcde2016@lp.upb.edu

CONFERENCE VENUE

Universidad Privada Boliviana
Centro de Convenciones
Campus Achocalla

Camino a Achocalla. Km 3.5,
Zona Kañuma.

Phone: + 591 2 2165700
La Paz – Bolivia

 

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HOTELS WITH PREFERENTIAL RATES FOR CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS

To access the special hotel rates for BCDE2016, participants should make their reservation directly at the hotel, and let the hotel staff know that you are going to participate in the conference:

HOTELS Cost Bs./per night
CAMINO REAL APART HOTEL & SPA 

Calle Capitán Ravelo Nro. 2123, Sopocachi
Phone. 2441515
Email: ventas@caminorealaparthotel-spa.com

www.caminorealaparthotel-spa.com

Single Room: Bs. 558
Double Room: Bs. 689
HOTEL CASA GRANDE SUITES 

Av. Ballivian esq. Calle 17 Nro. 1000, Calacoto
Phone: (591 – 2) 2795511
Email: info@casa-grande.com.bo

www.casa-grande.com.bo

Luxury King Suite:  Bs. 1009
Luxury 2 Full Suite Bs. 1148
Luxury Family Suite Bs. 1357
HOTEL CASA GRANDE

Calle 16 Nro. 8009, Calacoto
Phone: (591 – 2) 2774000
Email: hotel@casa-grande.com.bo

www.casa-grande.com.bo

Ejecutiva King: Bs. 1079
Ejecutiva Doble Bs. 1218
Deluxe King Bs. 1253
Familiar Bs. 1775
SUITES CAMINO REAL

Av. Ballivian Nro. 369 esq. Calle 10, Calacoto
Phone: (591 – 2) 2792323
Email: reservaslapaz@caminoreal.com.bo;
asesorcomercial3@caminoreal.com.bo

www.caminoreal.com.bo

Simple Suite Bs. 1009
Doble Suite: Bs. 1148
Royal Suite: Bs. 1322
Family Suite: Bs. 1775
HOTEL EUROPA 

Calle Tiahuanaco Nro. 64
Telf. 2315656
reservas@hoteleuropa.com.bo

www.hoteleuropa.com.bo

Ejecutiva Simple $us. 90
Ejecutiva Doble $us. 110
Premium Simple $us. 130
Premium Doble $us. 150
HOTEL RITZ

Plaza Isabel La Católica Nro. 2478
Phone (591 -2 ) 2433131
Email: info@ritzbolivia.com

www.ritzbolivia.com

Executive Room: $us. 85
Executive Suite: $us. 89
Deluxe Suite: $us. 99
Grand Deluxe Suite: $us. 129
Presidential Suite: $us. 250
HOTEL CALACOTO

Av. Sánchez Bustamante Nro. 8009, Calacoto (C. 13)
Phone (591 -2 ) 2274600
Email: info@hotelcalacoto.com

www.hotelcalacoto.com

Single Room: Bs. 424
Doble Room: Bs. 518
Triple Room: Bs. 607
Apartment (1 room/2 persons): Bs. 607
Apartment (2 rooms/4 persons): Bs. 679
Apartment (3 rooms/6 persons): Bs. 794
Additional bed: Bs. 100
HOTEL PLAZA RADISSON

Av. Arce Nro. 2177
Phone (591 -2 ) 2441111
Email: klanza@plazabolivia.com.bo

www.radisson.com/lapazbo

Standard Simple: $us. 80
Standard Double: $us. 100
Executive Simple: $us. 96
Executive Double: $us. 116
Luxury Simple: $us. 120
Luxury Double: $us. 140
Luxury Simple Suite: $us. 235
Luxury Double Suite: $us. 235
LOS SAUCES APART HOTEL

Av. Arequipa 8283, Calacoto
Phone (591 -2 ) 277-2900
Email: reservas@sauces.com.bo

www.sauces.com.bo

Suite Quad Bs. 990
Suite Double Bs. 690
Suite Studio Bs. 640
Suite Junior Bs. 590

 

SOCIAL EVENTS

Keynote speakers, presenters, organizers and special guests are cordially invited to the Conference Dinner, which will take place Thursday December 8, 2016 at 19:30. (Location to be confirmed).

All conference participants are cordially invited to the Farewell Cocktail Party which will take place immediately after the closing ceremony and Best Paper Award ceremony outside the Convention Center on Friday December 9, 2016 at 19:00.

ASSISTANCE

If you need help with anything, please contact:

Natalia Zegarra (INESAD –  Local organizer)
Email: bcde2016@lp.upb.edu

or

Joaquín Morales (UPB – Local organizer)
Email: joaquinmorales@lp.upb.edu

PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT LA PAZ

The City of La Paz was founded by Captain Alonso de Mendoza in 1548, as a center of Spanish power during the European Colonization in the Andes. Later in 1809, Pedro Domingo Murillo led a group of rebels who rose up obtaining the release of La Paz from the Spanish Empire.

La Paz is the Bolivian Seat of Government although Sucre is the Capital of this country. La Paz extends between mountains, next to the City of El Alto and the High Andean Plateau (Altiplano), at over 3500m above sea level. This city is a beautiful place that is home to around 835,000 people. A big variety of handicrafts is available at little markets in the downtown area, very close to many museums and the Basilica of San Francisco. Next to this is the city center in which cultural heritage buildings from the 16th century are combined with new constructions, creating a very enjoyable scenery.

CURRENCY

The official currency is the Bolivian Boliviano (BOB). The safest way to change foreign currency into Bolivianos is through a bank or at the hotel. Current exchange rate: 1 USD = 6.96 BOB.

AIRPORT TRANSFER

The cost of the airport transfer to the city center is approximately Bs.85.

VISAS

  • Citizens of countries listed on group 1 do not need a visa.
  • Citizens of countries listed on group 2 can get a visa upon arrival.
  • Citizens of countries listed on group 3 should request a tourist visa on the nearest Bolivian consulate.

Please see this document to determine if you need a visa.

If you require a visa to enter Bolivia, we recommend you to make your application as soon as possible in the nearest bolivian embassy or consulate in your countryYou can download the application form here.

HEALTH ASSISTANCE:

Yellow Fever Vaccination
Foreign citizens must present their International Certificate of Vaccination against yellow fever.

Health Facilities

Clínica del Sur
Phone: (591) -2-2784003 – 2784750
Address: Av. Hernando Siles Esq. Calle 7 Nro. 3539

Clínica Alemana
Phone: (591) -2 2432155
Address: Av. 6 de Agosto 2821

Prosalud Achumani
Phone: (591) -2-2772376
Address: Calle N° 21 – Achumani

SECURITY RECOMMENDATIONS

As in any other big city, we strongly recommend for your safety that you don’t leave your bag or belongings unattended. Always keep your passport, air ticket and other valuable items in a safe place and avoid carrying high amount of money.

 Conference Chairman:

Boris Branisa (INESAD, SEBOL)

Conference Organizing Committee:


Lykke Andersen (INESAD, SEBOL, ABCE)

Susana Baixeras (INESAD)
Gustavo Canavire (EAFIT, SEBOL)
Luis Castro (UPB, SEBOL)
Enrique García Ayaviri (ABCE)
Carlos Gustavo Machicado (INESAD, SEBOL)
Oscar Molina (UPB, ABCE, SEBOL)
Joaquín Morales (UPB, SEBOL)
Ricardo Nogales (UPB, SEBOL)
Natalia Zegarra (INESAD, SEBOL)

Conference organizers can be reached at the conference e-mail account: bcde2016@lp.upb.edu

Society of Bolivian Economists (SEBOL)

SEBOL is a network of economics professionals formed in 2008 by a group of Bolivian economists graduated from masters and doctoral programs all over the world, and working in academia in various countries. The main objective of this network is to promote research for development, particularly focused on creating knowledge and lessons applicable to the Bolivian economy and society.

SEBOL currently has more than 80 members, including two honorary members, all of whom are Bolivian academics such as researchers, consultants, and PhD students. The honorary members are Juan Antonio Morales (former President of the Central Bank of Bolivia) and Enrique García (Executive President of CAF – Development Bank of Latin America). Further details about the network may be found at the SEBOL website: www.sebol.org.bo

Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD)

At the Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD) we are convinced that social and economic transformation must come from within. Furthermore, we believe that development research is a field that must be led by researchers who live with the problems of under-development on a daily basis, as these researchers are better positioned to prioritize and propose viable solutions for overcoming the most critical obstacles for socioeconomic sustainable development.

Thus, INESAD’s dream is to construct a space in Bolivia, where top researchers in matters of development have access to the resources, tools and inspiration necessary to conduct scientific research of a high standard and relevance, and in this way help improve public policy at all levels. In this space we particularly wish to support the formation of future generations of researchers and impart to them a passion for the scientific research of development. To this end we launched the Ambassador Internship Program, among other initiatives.

At INESAD we consider that socioeconomic sustainable development must involve three spheres: Economic, Social and Environmental. Although the economic method leads most of the research projects developed by, INESAD, we believe that the most novel and fruitful research is produced as a result of the intersection of the three fields. In this way, we find ourselves building a multi-disciplinary team with an enthusiasm for exploring new horizons, working within an environment of openness and collaborating with institutions with different focuses, perspectives and viewpoints, in order to work together find practical ways to overcome the existing obstacles to development.

The Bolivian Academy of Economic Sciences (ABCE)

The Bolivian Academy of Economic Sciences (ABCE) is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars. Founded in 1969, the ABCE is Bolivia’s top learned society and independent reference institution in the field of economic development. The ABCE is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to economic science. Members are elected by their peers to membership in the ABCE for outstanding contributions to economic science research, entrepreneurship and statesmanship in the field of economic policy.  The ABCE is committed to furthering science in Bolivia and its members are active contributors to the international scientific community. Many of its members lead the most representative economic and social research institutions of Bolivia.

A number of colleges, universities, and cultural and scientific institutions collaborate with the ABCE by participating in its studies and helping to support its efforts to advance the common good.  The ABCE and its affiliates share a commitment to the vitality of higher education and the value of research. By partnering with the ABCE in its endeavors, its affiliates provide a critical public service to Bolivia and South America.

Universidad Privada Boliviana (UPB)

The UPB is a leading private University in Bolivia, grew from a simple idea: a commitment to excellence. Our success is the fruit of many years of careful planning and market research to become the most important university business world, as well as the leader in private universities of the country.

UPB was created by the Bolivian business community to generate entrepreneurs and fulfill the need of private firms for skilled management and technical professionals with the following Vision: To be the best university in Bolivia and a reference for quality education in Latin America. On the other hand, our Mission is: To generate, adapt and apply knowledge through research, transmit it in the classroom and share its application to the community. Our core values are committed to academic excellence, quality administration, ethical behavior at all levels, foster competitiveness, promotes free enterprise values and sustainable development.

 

OrganizersBCDE2016

The organizers are profoundly thankful for the generosity of the following institutions, which made this conference possible:

 

 

 

Conference program

 

Wednesday

December 7, 2016

18:00 – 21:00 Welcome cocktail for presenters and organizers

Hosted by the Embassy of Brazil in Bolivia

Thursday

December 8, 2016

08:00 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:15 Opening ceremony: Welcome from host and conference organizers
09:15 – 10:00 Special guest speaker: Luis Arce Catacora

(Ministro de Economía y Finanzas Públicas de Bolivia)

“El Modelo Boliviano”

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 – 12:00 Parallel sessions  A1, A2, A3, A4
12:00 – 13:15 Lunch break

Annual Assembly SEBOL

13:15 – 14:15 First keynote lecture: David Bishai

Professor of Health Economics (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

“Public Health as Sustainable Development”

14:15 – 15:45 Parallel sessions B1, B2, B3
15:45 – 16:15 Coffee break
16:15 – 17:45 Panel session about “Productivity in Bolivia”

Moderator: Boris Branisa (INESAD / SEBOL)

Panelists:

René Fernando Peñarrieta  (Viceministro de Comercio Interno y Exportaciones)

Guillermo Pou Mont (Cámara Nacional de Exportadores)

Juan Carlos Elorza (CAF – Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina)

Beatriz Muriel (EMINPRO – INESAD)

18:00 Conference Dinner for presenters and organizers

(Buses will depart from the University)

Friday

December 9, 2016

09:00 – 10:30 Parallel sessions C1, C2, C3, C4
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:00 Special guest speaker: Tomás Serebrisky

Principal Economic Advisor (Inter – American Development  Bank)

“Ahorrar para Desarrollarse: Cómo América Latina y el Caribe puede ahorrar más y mejor”

12:00 – 13:15 Lunch break
13:15 – 14:45 Parallel sessions D1, D2, D3, D4
14:45 – 15:15 Coffee break
15:15 – 16:45 Parallel sessions E1, E2, E3
16:45 – 17:45 Second keynote lecture: Francisco H.G. Ferreira

Senior Adviser (World Bank’s Development Research Group)

“Monitoring Global Poverty: Past, Present and Future”

17:45 – 18:00 Closing ceremony
18:15 – 21:30 Farewell cocktail party (for all participants)

 

 

Summary of all parallel sessions

Thursday, December 8, 2016

10:30 – 12:00 hrs.

Session A1: Rethinking Poverty and Fairness
  Room A11
Session A2: Informal Markets
Room Santa Cruz
Session A3: International Economics
Room A10
Session A4: Information Session – Studying Economics at Home and Abroad
Auditorium La Paz

14:15 – 15:45 hrs. 

Session B1: Labor Economics I (Session sponsored by EMINPRO)
Auditorium La Paz
Session B2: Environmental Economics & Climate Change
Room Santa Cruz
Session B3: Finance and Banking
Room A11

Friday, December 9, 2016

9:00 – 10:30 hrs.

Session C1: Urban Development (Session sponsored by INESAD)
Auditorium La Paz
Session C2: Labor Economics II
Room Santa Cruz
Session C3: Money, Prices and Exchange Rates
Room A10
Session C4: Childhood Development
        Room A11
13:15 – 14:45 hrs.

 

Session D1:

 

 

Gender Gaps

Auditorium La Paz
Session D2: Health
Room Santa Cruz
Session D3: Rural Development
Room A10
Session D4: Topics in development economics
Room A11
15:15 – 16:45 hrs.

 

Session E1:

 

 

Experimental Economics

Room Santa Cruz
Session E2: Public and Political Economics
Auditorium La Paz
Session E3: External Shocks and Diversification
Room A11

 To download the complete program click here

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