Call for papers

9th Bolivian Conference on Development Economics.

November 29-30, 2018. Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

We are delighted to announce that the 9th Bolivian Conference on Development Economics (BCDE9) will take place in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, on Thursday November 29 and Friday November 30, 2018. The conference this year is jointly organized by the Society of Bolivian Economists (SEBOL), Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD), the Bolivian Academy of Economic Science (ABCE) and Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz (UPSA).

Keynote Speakers

Ariel Kalil (Ph.D. University of Michigan) is a professor at the University of Chicago-Harris School of Public Policy. At Harris, she directs the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy and co-directs the Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab. Ariel is a developmental psychologist who studies economic conditions, parenting, and child development. Her current research examines the historical evolution of income-based gaps in parenting behavior and children’s cognitive and non-cognitive skills. She is leading a variety of field experiments designed to strengthen parental engagement and child development in low-income families using tools drawn from behavioral economics and neuroscience.

About the conference

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.

BCDE9 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), Francisco H. G. Ferreira (World Bank), Sara Farley (GKI), and Carlos Végh (World Bank).

Call for papers

BCDE9 invites all researchers to submit working papers to be presented in parallel contributed sessions during the conference. Submissions must be of original and unpublished work addressing theoretical and applied issues related to development economics. We seek original and unpublished academic work with a theoretical or applied focus on all topics related to development economics. We also encourage works that combine economics with novel insights from other fields such as behavioral economics, environmental economics, social psychology, neuroscience, economic history, machine learning and data sciences.


The submission deadline is Monday July 23, 2018. Please submit your completed papers through this link:

Review process and timeline

All submitted papers for contributed sessions will be reviewed prior to acceptance for presentation. The review process will finish by Friday August 17, 2018, 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 website: For questions related to the call for papers feel free to contact the organizers by e-mail at:

Logistics, travel and lodging.

Accepted presenters are responsible for their travel and lodging expenses. However, organizers will negotiate discounted rates for hotel accommodation. Details will be announced in the conference website. For questions about logistics, visa and travel, please contact the chair of the local organizing committee: