Call For Papers


Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, 18-19 November 2021

We are delighted to invite the submission of papers for the 2021 Bolivian Conference on Development Economics (BCDE2021). The conference will take place virtually from November 18th to 19th, 2021, and will be hosted by Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz de la Sierra (UPSA), Santa Cruz, Bolivia.


The Bolivian Conference on Development Economics aims to bring together local and international scholars for the exchange of ideas and discussion of recent research on all areas related to economic development. We welcome theoretical and applied research submissions, and we particularly encourage female scholars and Bolivian scholars at an early stage in their careers to submit their work.

The conference is organized by the Society of Bolivian Economists (SEBOL), with support of Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz de la Sierra (UPSA), the Bolivian Academy of Economic Sciences (ABCE), the Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD), and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Bolivia (SDSN). Thanks to the support of these institutions, this year’s conference has no fees for participants and presenters.


Raquel Fernández is a Professor of Economics at New York University and the University of Oslo. She is a Council member of the European Economic Association and the Royal Economic Society, a Research Fellow of CEPR and IZA, and an NBER Research Associate. She has held permanent and visiting academic appointments at the London School of Economics, Boston University, University of Chicago, Free University of Brussels, and University Pompeu Fabra, and has also been a consultant for the World Bank. She has researched culture and economics, marital sorting, the intergenerational transmission of inequality, and education policy; her work has been published in leading scientific journals in economics.

Paulina Restrepo-Echavarría is Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. She has worked on the direction of capital flows, debt crises, sovereign default in commodity-rich economies, the incidence of the informal sector in the macroeconomy, labor market frictions, and theoretical models of the marriage and dating market. Her work has been published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Theory, and the European Economic Review, among others. She is Affiliated Faculty at Washington University in St Louis, and her current research interests are on international macroeconomics and search theory.


BCDE2021 invites individual submissions of research papers to be presented in parallel contributed sessions. We welcome submissions in all research areas related to development economics, including work at the intersection of different fields and disciplines that provide novel insights related to development economics.

All submitted papers will be reviewed before acceptance for presentation. All applicants will be notified of the decision by email.

Please submit your papers using this link:

Proposals for an entire thematic session are also welcome. For this, please submit three (3) papers individually using the link above and email the conference organizers to alert them about your proposed thematic session. Please note that all papers submitted as part of a thematic session will be reviewed individually. A thematic session will be formed if all papers are accepted. Otherwise, individually accepted papers will be allocated to parallel contributed sessions.


  • Paper submissions deadline: Monday, September 20th, 2021.
  • Paper status notification: Thursday, September 30th, 2021.
  • Registration deadline for accepted papers: Friday, October 15th, 2021.


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