Ana Maria Ibáñez is a Professor at the School of Economics in Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) and is currently on leave working as Economics Principal Advisor at the Inter-American Development Bank. She previously served as dean of the School of Economics and director of CEDE, both at Universidad de los Andes. She completed her Ph.D in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland at College Park. Her research focuses on the microeconomic analysis of internal armed conflict, on the economic costs of crime and conflict, and it also studies the causes and consequences of economic and forced migration. Ana Maria Ibáñez was awarded the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development, Global Development Network in 2005; the Honorary mention in social sciences, Fundación Alejandro Ángel Escobar in 2009 and the Juan Luis Londoño award in 2010; and her work has been published in journals such as Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Geography, Nature Sustainability, Economic Development and Cultural Change, International Regional Science Review, Journal of Peace Research, The Economics of Peace and Security Journal, Journal of Development Studies, Economía, and World Development.


LACEA is now accepting proposals for hosting its annual meetings for the next two years. The LACEA Annual Meeting takes place over 3 days, usually in early November. Candidates interested in hosting one of the next LACEA conferences are kindly asked to submit a proposal to The Executive Committee will carefully review each proposal. Please consult the summary information on the conferences provided here before preparing your submission, and do not hesitate to contact us at if you need any additional information.

LACEA Statement

The undersigned members of the Executive Committee of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) hereby express their great dismay over the recent set of actions led by Conacyt and the Mexican Government against CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas). We also condemn the broader attacks on and suppression of the freedom of academics nationwide in Mexico. 

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Carlos Vegh is the recipient of the Carlos Díaz-Alejandro Prize this year. Carlos is a world renown economist who has written extensively on topics that touch the heart of LAC macroeconomics: from hyperinflation, to balance of payment crises, currency substitution, fiscal policy, and exchange rate policy.  He has contributed extensively to public goods, serving as editor to the top journals in development and international economics as well as to Economía and as a mentor to many students and junior faculty. We are proud to have him as a member of LACEA. 

Economia, the journal of LACEA is accepting submissions at any time. Submissions should be done electronically in the following link. For more information, please click here.