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    The Center for Studies on Economic Development (CEDE) is one of the first and main centers for economic and social research and consulting in the country. It is recognized for the quality and innovation of its research, for having a team of highly qualified researchers and academics and for its impact on issues regarding public policy in Colombia.

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The main research areas at the CEDE are:

- Macroeconomics

- Microeconomics

- Economic Development Studies

- Economic history, history of economic thought and economic theory


The CEDE has produced extensive research in the areas of competition, growth and economic development, environment, demography, agricultural economics, environmental economics, economics of education, economics of health, political and institutional economics, social economic evaluation of projects, economic history, macroeconomics and the financial sector, monetary and financial history, behavioral and experimental economics, industrial organization and regulation, fiscal policy, violence, security and conflict.

Among the national and international institutions that provide funding for research at CEDE are Banco de la República, Ministries (Finance, Education and Health), the National Planning Department, the Mayor's Office of Bogotá and Colciencias. At the international level, we highlight funders such as the University of Chicago, International Development Research Center (IDRC) Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) of England, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) of the US, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Ford Foundation, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank.

The Center for Studies on Economic Development (CEDE) was founded on September 1, 1958, as part of the Department of Economics at Universidad de los Andes. The main objective of the center is to promote the economic and social development of the country through economic research and the training of an elite group of professional researchers. The CEDE started with a teaching and research staff of 5 members and three main areas of research: employment, population, and the structure of expenditure and income of Colombian households.

The work of the directors of the center throughout its history has been a fundamental part of its growth and positioning as one of the main centers of economic and social research in the country. The CEDE has had more than 20 directors, including Miguel Urrutia, Guillermo Perry, José Antonio Ocampo and Roberto Steiner, among others.