RIDGE activities take place in May and December around the RIDGE Forum. Workshops generally last for two days and include academic sessions and policy debates. They have become an excellent platform for connecting top researchers working on the frontier of knowledge with local and regional researcher and policy makers.

Workshops have a well-defined field in economics and are led by Research Directors and a Scientific Committee of internationally renowned economists. Many of the workshops of the RIDGE forum are organized jointly with the LACEA Networks.

As a general rule, the field of a RIDGE Workshop has to be relevant for economic policy and/or have a critical social impact, in particular for Latin America. RIDGE aims to interact with researchers in the region and increase the relation between academic research and economic policy. RIDGE cooperates with universities and research centers in the region as well as research departments of national, regional and international institutions. Among others, the Inter American Development Bank (IADB), the Central Bank of Uruguay (BCU), CAF, UdelaR, Universidad de Montevideo, Universidad ORT, EAFIT, UBA, PUCRio, FGV, U los Andes.

Workshops Directors

WELAC (LACEA) Gender and Household Economics

WELAC stands for Women in Economic in LAC.  Like its sister organizations CSWEP in the US (for the AEA) and WinE in Europe (EEA), WELAC is standing committee of LACEA.  Its goals are to promote the careers of female economists and monitor the status of women in the profession. 

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LACEA Workshop on the Economics of Crime

This research group aims at studying two critical social problems faced by the developing world: crime and conflict. Crime. Citizen security is one of the main concerns in Latin America. With an average of 22 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, Latin America has a higher murder rate than sub-Saharan Africa and is far above all the other regions…

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Economic History

Development is a long run and global process. History, the present and the future are at the center of that process, the analysis of which must be tackled with historically informed development and growth theory, able to catch general laws, but also account historical specificities and the hierarchical character of international relations…

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Financial Stability

Global financial markets are in a state of flux. Since the global financial crisis many international agencies and national authorities have envisaged changes to the regulatory rules and supervisory architectures for banking and other financial institutions. The focus is now on systemic risk and macro-prudential policies both…

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LACEA NIP Inequality & Poverty

The research group on inequality promotes the study of economic, demographic, and policy changes that affect the distribution of income, consumption and wealth. We prioritize research that is based on theoretical and empirical state of art methods and, at the same time, has the objective of drawing lessons…

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International Macro

The research group on International Macroeconomics provides a forum for the study of the link between international capital markets and the less developed countries’ macroeconomics, with a focus on understanding the implications for economic policy. The group combines theoretical and empirical state of art methods to improve…

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Public Economics

The research group on Public Economics promotes the use of economic tools to study public policy issues. The group encourages diversity of approaches from different fields of economics, including but not limited to public finance, labor economics, behavioral economics and political economy. We are interested in policies…

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LACEA Impact Evaluation Network

The research group on impact evaluation is a collaboration with the Impact Evaluation Network (IEN) of the Latin American and the Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA). The main objective of the group is to advance the state of knowledge and expertise regarding impact evaluation of different policies in the Latin America and the Caribbean region.



Environmental Economics

LACEA Labor Network

Towards Sustainable Growth

LACEA Health Economics Network

The LACEA’s Health Economics network aims at bringing together economists and other social scientists in order to build a community of practice to promote quality research in health economics in LAC and contribute towards stronger health care systems.

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RIDGE/LACEA-PEG Workshop on Political Economy

The Political Economy Group of RIDGE/LACEA aims to promote the discussion around the connection between economics and politics that is relevant for Latin American and Caribbean economies.

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GDM / International Trade

LACEA-EHN Workshop on Historical Development

Industrial Organization

The Industrial Organization research group aims to promote the use of both theoretical and empirical tools in industrial organization to study the functioning of markets, the behavior of firms and individuals in these markets, and their implications for competition policy and regulation. 

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