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YSI workshop @ 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund

Oct 6–10, 2015 Download .ics

Lima, Peru |

The YSI Latin America Working Group is hosting a workshop on the Economy and Development of Latin America at the Annual Meetings.

The IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings are an important global gathering of international policy makers, policy analysts and academics. While these meeting are usually held in Washington D.C., this year they will be hosted in Lima, Peru. Given the range of topics addressed, and the importance of these institutions, this is an ideal and unique setting for the YSI Latin America Working Group to conduct a workshop and interact with the Forum. The YSI Workshop will be held in the days preceding the Annual Meetings.

The IMF and WB Meetings “Road to Lima”

Accepted young scholars will be able to attend events at the IMF/WB Annual Meetings.

The IMF and World Bank meetings will promote the discussion on financial inclusion, its benefits on economic growth; its achievements and challenges in Latin America; its lessons learned in policy implementation; and the action strategies considered for promoting financial inclusion in Peru.

The YSI Call for Papers

This YSI Workshop’s Call for Papers invites contributions on any subject related to the Economy and Development of Latin America. In particular we are interested in submissions dealing with themes and research discussed in the IMF and World Bank meetings. Possible topics may include:

(i) Debt and Development: The role of FDI in the region, the changing nature of external creditors in the region (in particular, the growing importance of China)

(ii) Inclusive Finance: The role of State development banks (e.g. BNDES in Brazil) and micro-credit institutions or traditional banks financing (agricultural) value chains in the region.

(iii) Inequality: Household-income survey analyses of personal income distribution as well as assessment of the shifting factor-income shares due to changing macroeconomic regimes in the region.

(iv) Macroeconomic regimes: Determinants of the various exchange rate regimes at work in the region, and the connection with inflation, the business cycle and growth potential.

(v) Technological gaps: Innovation, imitation and adaptive technological strategies, national systems of innovation, and balance of payments constraints in the region.

(vi) Productive specialization: reprimarization, industrialization around natural resource-based complexes or import substitution industrialization (ISI).

(vii) Schools of Latin American economic thought: structuralism, dependency theory, the role of ECLAC.

A travel stipend (up to $700) and accommodation in Lima are available for selected young scholars.

Program (preliminary)

Wed, October 7th

open workshop, Universidad del Pacífico

13:00 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00

Poverty, Income Inequality and Energy in Latin America“Para nunca más volver: Un análisis de la dinámica de la pobreza en el Perú (2007 - 2011) “ (Angelo Cozzubo, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú)“Crecimiento económico, desigualdad y apertura comercial: Un análisis econométrico para la economía ecuatoriana” (Diana Morán, Universidad de Guayaquil)“Intensidad Energética: Un análisis exploratorio de los efectos macroeconómicos en el uso de la energía” (Maria Fernanda Villafañe, Universidad Nacional de Misiones)

15:10 – 16:30

Panel – “Experiences with Sovereign Debt Restructuring” | Sergio Chodos (IMF)

17:00 –19:00

Young Scholars’ Presentations
Economic crisis, inflation and financing

“Decoupling of the economic growth, crisis and effects above five countries of Latin America “ (Miriam Português, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ)

“Inflation, wealth and households balance sheet in Uruguay” (Juan Odriozola, Banco Central del Uruguay)

“Globalización financiera y sostenibilidad de la deuda externa en la década del 90 para Argentina, Brasil y México” (Valentina Bonifacio, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, UNLP)

“Development Banking in Brazil: Challenges and limits”
(Luiz Pinto, Columbia University)

Thu, October 8th

IMF MEETINGS (selected young scholars only)

13:00 – 15:00

“Towards a General Theory of Downturns” | Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia)

“The State of the Latin American Economies” | Ariel Winkierman

Fri, October 9th

IMF MEETINGS (selected young scholars only)


Lunch meeting



Sat, October 10th

IMF MEETINGS (selected young scholars only)


Lunch meeting


Martin Guzman (Columbia University) | “Economic Aspects of Sovereign Debt Restructuring”.

Sun, October 11th

IMF MEETINGS (selected young scholars only)

10:00 - 12:00

Young Scholars’ Presentations

Trade, Technology and Competitiveness

“Exchange rate, income distribution and technological change in a balance-of-payments constrained growth model” (Rafael Ribeiro, University of Cambridge)

“The competitiveness of Brazilian manufacturing in both domestic and international markets” (Julia Torracca, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ)

“Latin America and China – The evolving industrial chimaera: opportunities and challenges for the Multi-Latinas” (Wouter Schmit Jongbloed, Columbia University)

“Impacts of Developing Countries’ Growth on Natural-Resource Exporters: A BoP Constrained Growth Model” (Guilherme Riccioppo, University of Cambridge)

13:00 - 15:00

Please direct your questions to Jay Pocklington (jdp@ineteconomics.org).

Apply here (deadline September 9)

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