We are delighted to invite to join us to the 11th version of the Bolivian Conference on Development Economics (BCDE2020), which this year will be held online, on Monday and Tuesday, July 27th and 28th, 2020.

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. We welcome submissions of theoretical and applied research, and we particularly encourage female and Bolivian scholars at an early stage in their careers to submit their work. The conference is organized by the Bolivian Society of Economists (SEBOL), with support from the Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD), the Bolivian Academy of Economic Sciences (ABCE), and Universidad Privada Boliviana (UPB). The conference this year will host special sessions celebrating the launch of the Bolivian chapter of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the launch of the Municipal Atlas of the SDGs in Bolivia.

Keynote Speakers

Marcelo Olarreaga is Professor of Economics at the University of Geneva, and Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London. Before joining the University of Geneva he worked in the Research Department of the World Bank, as well as in the Economics Research Division of the World Trade Organization. He has also been invited professor at CERDI/FERDI (France), the Graduate Institute (Switzerland), INSEAD (France), Institute CLAEH (Uruguay), SciencePo-Paris (France), Universidad de la República (Uruguay) and the University of Antwerp (Belgium). He is an expert and active researcher in international economics.

Johanna Rickne is Professor of Economics at the Swedish Institute for Social Research at Stockholm University. She is also an Affiliate Professor of Economics at the University of Nottingham, a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics in Bonn, and member of the Center for Economic and Political Research (CEPR). She has been visiting professor at Yale, ITAM, Harvard, Tokyo, UC Berkeley, Columbia, PUC-Rio, and Beijing universities. She is an expert and a leading researcher in gender economics, labor economics and political economics, and China’s economic and social development. Her work has been published in top academic journals in Political Science and Economics.

James A. Robinson is the Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies and University Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and Institute Director of The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts. His books include The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty (2019), Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (2012), and Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy (2005), co-authored with Daron Acemoglu (MIT). He is a prolific and widely recognized scholar in economics and political science, and currently conducts research in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Haiti, Colombia, and Bolivia.

Jeffrey D. Sachs is Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, where he directed the Earth Institute from 2002 until 2016. He is also the Director of the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and a commissioner of the UN’s Broadband Commission for Development. He has been an advisor to three UN Secretaries-General, and currently serves as a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate under UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. He is the author of several books including The Ages of Globalization (2020), The Age of Sustainable Development (2015), and The End of Poverty (2005).

Keynote speakers

Johanna Rickne

Professor of Economics at the Swedish Institute for Social Research
Stockholm University
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Marcelo Olarreaga

Professor Institute of Economics and Econometrics
University of Geneva
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James A. Robinson

Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies and University Professor
University of Chicago
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Jeffrey Sachs

Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development and Director of the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
Columbia University
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Special Guests

Lykke Andersen

Executive Director
SDSN Bolivia

Adriana Arreaza Coll

Director of Macoreconomic Studies
CAF, Development Bank of Latin America

Rómulo A. Chumacero

Associate Professor Department of Economics
University of Chile

María Eugenia Dávalos

Senior Economist
The World Bank

Gustavo Fajardo

Chief Economist Vice-Precidency of Knowledge
CAF, Development Bank of Latin America

Francisco H. G. Ferreira

Amartya Sen Professor of Inequality Studies
London School of Economics

Edgar Pacheco

Director of Research and Municipal Information
Municipal Government of La Paz

Emma Torres

Vice President of the Americas and Head of the New York Office

Vincenzo Verardi

Associate researcher of the FNRS and professor of econometrics.
Université Libre de Bruxelles and the University of Namur

Hosted by
Universidad Privada Boliviana

All sessions will be broadcasted via Zoom and Facebook Live.

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.

parallel sessions

Covering topics on education, inequality, labor markets, trade, health, macroeconomics, political economy, natural resources, environmental economics, entrepreneurship and productivity.

Call for Papers
Call for Papers

Call for papers is closed.


Conference registration is closed

Conference Program
Conference Program

Available here.



Conference Team

Lykke E. Andersen, Chair, SDSN Bolivia, UPB, ABCE, SEBOL, INESAD

Stefano Canelas, SDSN Bolivia

Pablo Cuba Borda, Federal Reserve Board, SEBOL

Sergio Daga, UPSA, SEBOL

Diego Escobari, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, SEBOL, ABCE

Luiz Gonzáles, CLAPES-UC, SEBOL

Alejandro Herrera, IDB, SEBOL

Oscar Molina, UPB, ABCE, SDSN Bolivia, INESAD, SEBOL

Paola Montero, UPB

Joaquín Morales, UPB, SEBOL

Andrés Morillas, INESAD

Beatriz Muriel, INESAD, ABCE, SEBOL

Mariana Pérez, UPB

Fabiola Saavedra Caballero, UCLouvain, SEBOL

Pablo Selaya, University of Copenhagen, SEBOL, ABCE

Mauricio Tejada, ILADES, SEBOL