Call for Papers


We are delighted to announce that the 8th Bolivian Conference on Development Economics (BCDE8) will take place in Cochabamba, Bolivia, on Thursday October 26 and Friday October 27, 2017. The conference this year is jointly organized by the Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD), the Society of Bolivian Economists (SEBOL), Universidad Privada Boliviana (UPB), and the Bolivian Academy of Economic Science (ABCE).

The conference brings 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 Bolivian researchers to submit papers on all topics within the field of development economics.

BCDE8 keynote speakers will be Sara Farley (Global Knowledge Initiative) and Carlos Végh (World Bank).


BCDE8 will take place in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia, at the main campus of Universidad Privada Boliviana (UPB). Information about the city and logistics is available here.

Keynote Speakers

  • Sara Farley (M.Sc. Stanford University) is Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of the Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI), an organization serving more than 60 countries and one that The Rockefeller Foundation designated as one of the “Top 100 Social Innovations for the next century”. Current GKI activities include collaborative innovation training, network optimization programs, and collaborative innovation strategy setting with partners including the World Bank, East African Community, African Development Bank, and others.

  • Carlos Végh (Ph.D. University of Chicago) is the World Bank Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to starting his job at the World Bank, he was the Fred H. Sanderson Professor of International Economics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He also served as Professor of Economics and Vice-Chair of Undergraduate Studies at UCLA, and before that as Chair of the Program in Comparative and Topical Studies at UCLA’s Latin American Center. He has published extensively in leading academic journals on monetary and fiscal policy in developing and emerging countries. He has co-edited a volume in honor of Guillermo Calvo (MIT Press) and published a graduate textbook on open economy macroeconomics for developing countries (MIT Press). He has been a consultant for the IMF, World Bank, IDB, and many Central Banks around the world.

Invited Guest Speakers:

  • Andrés Fernández (Ph.D. Rutgers University) is a Research Economist in the Research Department at the Inter-American Development Bank. His main research agenda focuses on building, calibrating and estimating dynamic stochastic general equilibrium models for emerging economies to study the sources of business cycles in emerging economies.

  • Juan Vargas (Ph.D. University of London) is a Research Economist at CAF-Development Bank of Latin America. Juan held various academic and scholar positions in the U.S., Europe and Latin America. His research focuses on the political economy of conflict and the economic determinants of crime and violence.

What to expect?

BCDE8 follows up on the success of previous conferences held in La Paz, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz, that attracted prestigious researchers and policymakers, and included keynote lectures by Norman Loayza (World Bank), Miguel Urquiola (Columbia), Beatriz Armendáriz (Harvard), Máximo Torero (IFPRI), Santiago Levy (IADB), James Robinson (Chicago), Rodrigo Soares (Columbia), Eduardo Lora (Harvard Kennedy School of Government), Roberto Rigobon (MIT), Eduardo Engel (Yale), David Bishai (Johns Hopkins), and Francisco H. G. Ferreira (World Bank).

Travel and accommodation

All participants must cover their own travel and accommodation costs, but the organizers have arranged for preferential rates at hotels in Cochabamba. For details check:

A travel stipend of up to 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 an email to after submitting their papers.

Paper submissions

Deadline: is Friday August 11, 2017

Please submit your papers here.

All submitted papers will be reviewed prior to acceptance for presentation. The review process will finish by Friday September 1, 2017, 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.


Please feel free to contact the organizers by e-mail at:

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