We are delighted to invite submission of research papers and proposals for thematic sessions for 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

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 Bolivia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Haiti, and Colombia.

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: Geography, Technology, and Institutions (2020), The Age of Sustainable Development (2015), and The End of Poverty: How We Can Make It Happen In Our Lifetime (2005).

Paper Submission

BCDE2020 invites the submission of individual papers to be presented in parallel contributed sessions during the conference. Submissions in all research areas related to economic development are welcome, as well as submissions at the intersection of different fields – in particular those using novel tools to provide new insights related to development economics. All individually submitted papers will be reviewed prior to acceptance for presentation.

The deadline for paper submissions is Tuesday June 30th, 2020. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by email on July 13th, 2020. Presenters of accepted papers will be requested to register by July 17th, 2020.

To submit a paper, please use the following link:


BCDE2020 also invites submissions for thematic contributed sessions, for which an organizer can submit three (3) papers using the link above and email the conference organizers describing the proposed session. All papers submitted as part of a thematic contributed session will be reviewed individually. A thematic contributed session will be formed if all papers are accepted. Otherwise, accepted papers will be allocated to parallel contributed sessions.

For any question, please email to the conference organizers (bcde2020@sebol.org) or contact the conference program co-chairs: Diego Escobari (escobaridiego@gmail.com), Alejandro Herrera (aherreraj0@gmail.com), or Pablo Selaya (pablo.selaya@econ.uk.dk).

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