YSI Event

Urban and Regional Economics

Neither states nor markets - urban informality and perspectives for Latin American cities

After decades of rapid and overwhelming urbanization, Latin American cities are still looking for new perspectives and potentials for development in the 21st century. On one hand, markets have not been able to provide enough opportunities and conditions to include parts of the urban society into the formal economy. On the other hand, state action has been driven by accumulation necessities and private interests and have contributed to exclusion in many cases. In this context, (urban) informality remains a key feature to be better understood on the Latin American continent. Therefore, our sessions want to explore the dynamics of labor market informality and informal housing/land markets, as well as the alternatives that have been emerging in the last decades. So, what are feasible paths for a future better urban life in Latin America: strengthen the state and overcoming the neoliberal capture, setting free markets and protecting private property or searching for new perspectives through popular economy? Furthermore, the emergence of new technologies in the context of crisis and labor precarization may prelude new forms of informality, especially in urban agglomerations.

Submissions for presentations on the following and related topics are welcomed:

  • urban informality of labor markets
  • informal housing/land market
  • popular and alternative economies
  • “Uber economy” (new technologies and new informalities in Latin American cities)

Besides the sessions on Urban and Regional Economics, our working group is organizing a joint session with the Sustainability working group. This session is supposed to be a space for debating less formally and connecting people from both groups. All presenters, as well as our mentors, are encouraged not only to participate but also to raise questions for the debate.

Questions concerning this call may be sent to: [email protected]

To submit a paper, go here. Note that you must register yourself on the Young Scholars Directory first if you haven’t already. 

10 years after 2008:  Financial (In)stability, uneven spatial impacts and the dynamics of Inequalities in Latin America

Since the financial crisis in 2008, the economic policies that were  implemented did not prevent an increase in poverty and inequality rates,  including in underdeveloped countries, as Latin American (LA) ones. In this sense, the territory specification of LA has been showing the persistence, maintenance or an increase of poverty and inequalities in many countries, especially after significant economic crises such as this one.

The LA convening will be a great opportunity to discuss this topic, because it will be part of a 2-week intensive pluralistic economics’ agenda: 1st Conference on Development Planning, Lalics forum for PhD candidates and UNSAM-IDAES winter school. Also, it will engage keynote speakers from the “1st Conference on Development Planning“ with diversity in terms of gender, age and provenance, starting new institucional paterniships.

We want  to encourage people active in Financial Stability, Urban and Regional Economics and Inequality areas to share their findings and contributions during this interactive convening with a diverse group of young academics. Following our joint on-going webinar series between the Urban and Regional Economics WG, the Inequality WG and the Financial Stability WG, we are inviting young scholars to present their research during the YSI Latin America Regional Convening to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 19-21, 2018.

We welcome contributions related to (but not limited to) financial stability and financial inclusion from an urban and regional perspective::

  1. Geography of banking, instability and exclusion;
  2. Microfinance, microcredit and financial inclusion;
  3. Global Liquidity and inequality;
  4. Financial Innovation and financial exclusion;
  5. Financial crisis and income inequality imbalances;
  6. Financial crisis and regional disparities;
  7. Housing Markets and Financial System;
  8. Local currencies and credit-based systems;

Questions concerning this call may be sent to: