Welcome to the official website of 14th version of the Bolivian Conference on Development Economics (BCDE14). The conference will be held in-person from Thursday 9th to Friday 10th of November 2023 at Universidad Católica Boliviana - San Pablo (UCB), in La Paz, Bolivia. The British Embassy will kindly host a Welcome Cocktail for presenters and special guests on Wednesday, November 8th.

The conference is organized by the Bolivian Society of Economists (SEBOL), Universidad Católica Boliviana - "San Pablo" (UCB), the Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD), the Bolivian Academy of Economic Sciences (ABCE), and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Bolivia (SDSN Bolivia).

The conference is possible thanks to the generous support of Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, CAF Banco de Desarrollo para América Latina y el Caribe, Embajada Británica en Bolivia, Swiss Contact, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Keynote speakers

Allen Blackman

Inter-American Development Bank

Mónica Capra

Claremont Graduate University

Claudio Ferraz

University of British Columbia

Joaquín Vial

Clapes UC
Allen Blackman is Principal Economic Advisor in the Climate and Sustainable Development sector at the Inter-American Development Bank. Past positions have included Thomas Klutznick Chair and Director of the Environment for Development Program at Resources for the Future, Resident Advisor at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center, Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy, and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of California San Diego US-Mexico Study Center. An environmental economist, Allen’s research focuses on three broad areas: land use and land cover change, urban environmental issues, and agricultural supply chains. He has served as Associate Editor of Environment and Development Economics and the Latin American Economic Review. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics are from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

C. Mónica Capra is a professor in the Department of Economic Sciences at Claremont Graduate University. Her areas of expertise are experimental economics, behavioural economics, and neuroeconomics. Professor Capra is interested in decision processes. Her contributions in behavioural game theory include the explicit modelling of introspection with error and the study of the effects of mood on decisions. She is also interested in the role personality plays in shaping economic choices. Capra has made transdisciplinary studies an important component of her work, and has collaborated with data scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists. This collaboration has led to important contributions in behavioural economics.

Claudio Ferraz is Professor at the Vancouver School of Economics, University of British Columbia, Adjunct Professor at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and Scientific Director of J-PAL LAC. His areas of interest are development, political economy and public economics. In particular, his research focuses on governance and accountability in developing countries, as well as their consequences in the political sphere and in the provision of public services. His current projects examine how voters react to information campaigns, whether pay-for-performance improves the quality of education, and whether increasing the quality of politicians affects public policy.

Joaquín Vial is an economist from the University of Chile and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Economics at the Catholic University and the Chief Researcher of CLAPES UC. He was a member of the Board (2012-22) and Vice President (2018-22) of the Central Bank of Chile. Previously, he held various positions at BBVA, where he worked between 2004 and 2011, and he has been involved in academic activities at Columbia, Harvard, Adolfo Ibáñez, Santiago, and the University of Chile, as well as at CIEPLAN, where he served as Executive Director from 1994 to 1996. He also worked at the Ministry of Finance, first as Coordinator of Macroeconomic Policies (1992-1994) and later as National Director of Budgets (1997-2000). He has consulted for international organizations and private companies, and he was the Chairman of the Board of AFP Provida from 2009 to 2011. Currently, he is a director at Metlife Seguros de Vida and Metlife Seguros Generales.

Conference Information


Conference Registration. Link.


Lodging information is here.

Conference Program
Conference Program

Available here.

Conference Guide (ENG)
Conference Guide (ENG)

Available here.

Conference Guide (ESP)
Conference Guide (ESP)

Available here.

About the Conference

The Bolivian Conference on Development Economics aims at bringing together local and international scholars for the exchange of ideas and discussion of recent research on all areas related to economic development.


Including undergraduate and graduate students, professionals, policy makers and private sector participants.


From local and international universities, research institutes and international organizations.


Including plenary sessions with policy reports and academic presentations of cutting edge research.