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2nd Annual Meeting Colombian Economics Conference

  • economía, conferencia, 2018
    economía, conferencia, 2018
Universidad de los Andes
Fecha: De 18 de Diciembre de 2019 hasta 19 de Diciembre de 2019
Hora: De 8:00 am hasta 5:00 pm

Conference Program-Preliminary

Wednesday 18 

8:30 - 8:45 a.m. | Registration and Coffee
8:45 - 9:00 a.m. | Welcome 
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. | Parallel Sessions 1 & 2


Sesion 1 –Labor/Macroeconomics, Room C_104

- Julian Neira. From Population Growth to Firm Demographics: Implications for Concentration, Entrepreneurship and the Labor Share.
- Camilo Morales Jimenez. Elasticities of Labor Supply and Labor Force Participation Flows.
- Juan Cordoba. Demographic Labor Market Accounting.

Sesion 2 – Theory and methods, Room C_105
- Mauricio Romero. Factorial designs, model selection, and (incorrect) inference in randomized experiments.
- Sebastian Cortes Corrales. Testing Predictions in Weighted Networks with the Dirichlet Covariate Model.
- Javier Birchenall. Random choice and market demand.

10:30 - 11:00 a.m. | Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. | Parallel Sessions 3 & 4


Sesion 3 – Macroeconomics/open economics, Room C_105

- Carlos Yepez. Accounting for Real Exchange Rates in Emerging Economies.
- Lucas Marín Llanes. Oil booms and subnational public investment: a case-study for Colombia.
- Marcela Eslava. The Costs of Bureaucracy and Corruption at Customs: Evidence from the Computerization of Imports in Colombia.

Sesion 4 – Conflict and crime, Room C_104
- Santiago Tobon. Gangs of Medellín: How Organized Crime is Organized..
- Juliana Londono Velez. Reparations as Development: Evidence from the Victims of the Colombian Armed Conflict
- Nicolas Peña Tenjo. Prohibition-to-carry handguns and crime in Bogotá.

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. | Lunch Break - The Department of Economics at Universidad de los Andes will offer lunch to presenters and faculty members
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Parallel Sessions 5 & 6


Sesion 5 - Long term development/inequality, Room C_105
- Eduardo Garcia Measuring. Multivariate and Multigenerational Social Mobility using F-Divergence Indicators of Statistical Dependence.
- Luis Felipe Saenz Out of Agriculture: Structural Transformation and Premature Secular Stagnation.
- Hoyt Bleakley Longevity, Education, and Income: How Large is the Triangle?.

Sesion 6 - Migration, Room C_104
- Leonardo Peñaloza Pacheco. Living with the neighbors: The effect of Venezuelan forced migration on wages in Colombia.
- Sandra Rozo. Forced Migration and the Spread of Infectious Diseases. (Canceled)
- Santiago Saavedra. Job migration in a rivalry setting.


3:30 - 4:00 p.m. | Coffee Break
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Talk of general interest, Room C_104
Esteban Ortíz. Our World in Data: an open web publication to make data and research accessible and understandable.


5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Event
We encourage you to share some beers at BBC Bodega at CityU (walking distance from the Department of Economics).


Thursday 19

9:00 - 11:00 a.m. | Parallel Sessions 7 & 8

Sesion 7 – Banking and Finance, Room SD_701

- Carlos Eduardo Hernandez Castillo. Foreign investment, institutional diversity, and banking crises: Colombian Banking, 1975 - 1990.
- David Zarruk Valencia. Wall Street or Main Street: Who to Bail Out?.
- Alejandro Rivera. Capacity Expansion Options and Optimal Performance-Sensitive Debt.
- Jose Maria Barrero. The Micro and Macro of Managerial Beliefs.


 Sesion 8 – Public economics, poverty and inquality, Room SD_702

- Jose Alberto Guerra. Counting on My Vote Not Counting: Expressive Voting in Committees.
- Andrés Zambrano. Endogenous Persistent Shocks and Poverty Traps.
- Lina Marcela Ramirez. Leguizamon The paradox of equality policies and meritocracy in female leadership.
- Laura Harvey. Bounds to the Distribution of Earnings given Parent Income: Changes Over Time by Gender.

11:00-11:30 a.m. | Coffee Break

11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. | Parallel Sessions 9 & 10

Sesion 9 – Political economy and regulation, Room SD_701

- Allison Benson. From Targeted Private Benefits to Public Goods: Land, Patronage and Political Institutions in Colombia.
- Felipe Valencia. Collateral Damage: The Legacy of the Secret War in Laos.
- Sergio Castellanos-Gamboa. The Consumer Credit Act 1974 and the emergence of the APR as a consumer protection policy tool.

 Sesion 10 – Migration and institutions, Room SD_702

- Camilo De Los Rios Rueda. Whose tree is this? Institutions and deforestation in the Colombian Amazon.
- Ana María Ibáñez. Allowing Forced Migrants to Work: Impacts of Work Permits on Labor Markets and Crime. 
- Juan Miguel Jimenez. "Voy a la ciudad, voy a trabajar?" Land opportunity costs on rural to urban migration and its effect on income.


Unfortunately, the organizers will not be able to reimburse the travel or lodging expenses of participants. Lunch will be offered to all participants on the first day of the conference.

Further Information

If you have any question or doubt please contact us at

If you are not a conference speaker, please send an email to  with your contact information to sign you up at the conference. 

Organizing Committee

Andrés Álvarez, Universidad de los Andes.
Marc Hofstetter, Universidad de los Andes.
Oskar Nupia, Universidad de los Andes.

2019 Scientific Committee

Andrés Carvajal, University of California, Davis.
Patricia Cortés, Boston University.
Marc Hofstetter, Universidad de los Andes.
Jimena Hurtado, Universidad de los Andes.
Andrés Moya, Universidad de los Andes.
Ömer Özak, Southern Methodist University.
Mounu Prem, Universidad del Rosario.
María Teresa Ramirez, Banco de la República.
Marla Ripoll, University of Pittsburgh.
Tomás Rodríguez, Universidad de los Andes.
Francisco Ruge-Murcia, McGill University.
Luz Magdalena Salas, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. 

Previous Conferences

Lugar: Universidad de los Andes