Economists gather in Buenos Aires
LACEA-LAMES Annual Meeting
Buenos Aires was the venue for one of the most important professional meetings for economists in Latin America, on October 1-3. The 14th Annual LACEA Meeting and the 2009 LAMES (Latin American Meeting of the Econometric Society) was hosted by the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. These meetings were the landmark event in bridging research and policy drawing in some of the best names in the field. Many economists consider the joint meetings of GDN Regional Network Partner, LACEA, and LAMES as second only to those of the Allied Social Sciences Association in the USA in terms of size, scope, diversity, and quality of the work presented.
The goal of the joint meetings of the Latin American and Caribbean Economics Association (LACEA) and Latin American Chapter of the Econometric Society (LAMES) is to encourage debate on economic issues of relevance for the region, with the participation of leading scholars and junior academics, policy makers at the senior and junior level, officials of international financial institutions and economists from the private sector. A distinctive feature of these Latin American meetings is that they bring together academics, policymakers and the private sector. Students at the Ph.D. level also have the opportunity to present their research.
About 500 participants presented their work in the meetings. The meetings had six plenary speakers, 24 invited lecturers and about 70 presenters in invited sessions and panels. Scholars from within and outside the region submitted almost 1,000 papers for inclusion in the conference program. Papers were selected through a peer review process managed by the program chairs. The meeting hosted the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Economics, Professor Roger Myerson, who gave the Econometric Society’s presidential address and former Mexican President and GDN Chairman Ernesto Zedillo who gave the inaugural address.
LACEA is generously supported by grants from the GDN and the World Bank's Development Grant Facility. Since 1999, GDN has been awarding annual grants to LACEA as part of its program on Regional Research Consortia capacity building. LACEA has been using the funds for a variety of activities. In addition LACEA is showcasing GDN’s services such as a database of researchers, research organizations, publications and the GDN Data Initiative.
Andrés Neumeyer (UTDT) is the conference chairman. The LACEA Program Committee is chaired by Sebastián Galiani (Washington University in St. Louis). The LAMES Program Committee is chaired by Emilio Espino (UTDT).
The program covered a wide range of topics, in all areas of economics. The invited and contributed sessions included papers in areas as diverse as applied microeconomics and program evaluation, political economy, crime, education, and family economics, monetary and financial economics, migration, industrial organization, and others. Other topics such as informality, social opportunity, the current financial turmoil, the challenges of central banking, teaching and research in Latin America, and pension reform, were covered during the round tables. The full program, as well as downloadable files for most papers and presentations is available through: http://www.webmeets.com/lacea-lames/2009/
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