REPAL 2016 Annual Meeting held June 10-11 at MIT

REPAL’s 2016 Annual Meeting was held at MIT on June 10 and 11 and included presentations of 47 papers and 3 book manuscripts. The conference was opened with a keynote address by Barbara Stallings (Brown University) on China-Latin America relations and closed with a panel discussion on the political economy of the United States, with presentations by Jorge Dominguez (Harvard), Tom Kochan (MIT Sloan), Chappell Lawson (MIT), and Charles Stewart (MIT). It also featured a discussion about the DA-RT initiative, led by Evan Lieberman (MIT).

The REPAL 2016 Program and the REPAL 2016 DART Discussion Summary can be downloaded here.

REPAL member Tasha Fairfield awarded by LASA

Tasha Fairfield (LSE) has been awarded the 2016 Donna Lee Van Cott Award for best book on political institutions by the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), for her book Private Wealth and Public Revenue in Latin America: Business Power and Tax Politics (Cambridge University Press).

Professor Fairfield presented the manuscript of her book at REPAL’s 1st Annual Meeting in Santiago, Chile, June 2014.

REPAL 2016 Conference Information

REPAL: Red de Economía Política de América Latina

Third Annual Conference

10-11 June 2016, MIT (Boston, USA)

Accommodation: REPAL 2016 will be held at the MIT Sloan School of Management (near Kendall Square). Please see this map for nearby hotel recommendations. We expect the conference to run 9:00-17:00 on both the 10th and the 11th, please plan your trip accordingly. For further information on hotel reservations for the REPAL 2016 Conference, please email Carlos Bustamente at

Registration: Please follow this link to register for REPAL 2016. Registration fees are $50 for non-students and $10 for students.

REPAL 2016 Accepted Papers

See below for a list of accepted papers to the REPAL 2016 conference!

Accepted papers.

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REPAL 2016: Call for Papers

REPAL: Red de Economía Política de América Latina

Third Annual Conference

10-11 June 2016

MIT (Boston, USA)

Call for Papers

The program committee welcomes proposals that tackle important puzzles and problems, both theoretical and practical, in the political economy of Latin America. Paper proposals (no more than 500 words) should be grounded in solid empirical field research employing whatever methods are appropriate to the research questions. Original data collection efforts on issues related to the current political-economy of the region are also encouraged. Proposals, papers, and presentations can be in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Download the forms here.

Submission deadline for paper proposals is 15 December 2015. Send proposals to Notification of acceptance will come by late January 2016.

Scholars based in Latin America and graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply. To promote graduate student involvement, a Graduate Student Best Paper Award will be granted in 2016. Please note that graduate students should apply after they have completed most of their dissertation field research and have results to present. A letter (or email) from a faculty advisor should be sent separately supporting the student’s proposal and confirming that the fieldwork is nearing completion.

Conference format: 30 minute individual sessions (12 minute presentations with 15 minutes of discussion) in three parallel tracks. Papers should be submitted two weeks before the conference at the latest and will be posted in a website accessible to conference participants. Participants are expected to read the papers in advance to enrich the discussion at the conference. Whereas the conference format provides for intense and fruitful exchange among participants, it also constraints the available number of slots for paper-givers. The selection process is therefore extremely competitive.

Local Organization: Ben Ross Schneider, MIT.

Program Chairs: Maria Victoria Murillo (Columbia University) and Juan Pablo Luna (PUC-Chile).

Sara Niedzwiecki (University of New Mexico), selected as the winner of the 2015 REPAL Annual Conference Best Paper Prize

Sara Niedzwiecki (University of New Mexico), was selected as the winner of the 2015 REPAL Annual Conference Best Paper Prize for her paper “Social Policies, Attribution of Responsibility, and Political Alignments. A Subnational Analysis of Argentina and Brazil.” 

The prize committee was composed by Tulia Faletti (University of Pennsylvania), Matthew Carnes (Georgetown University), and Juliana Martínez (University of Costa Rica)

Best Paper

“Social Policies, Attribution of Responsibility, and Political Alignments. A Subnational Analysis of Argentina and Brazil.”


REPAL 2015 Accepted Papers

See below for a list of REPAL 2015 participants!

Accepted Papers

Check the latest version of the Conference Program here.


Speakers for Special Panel on Uruguay at REPAL 2015

Desafíos de la política energética / The challenges of Energy Policy

Dr. Ramón Méndez

Ramón Méndez es Doctor en Ciencias Físicas de la Universidad de La Plata, Argentina. Actualmente ocupa el cargo de Director de la Dirección Nacional de Energía en el Ministerio de Industria, Energía y Minería, y es el Presidente de la Administradora del Mercado Eléctrico. Previo a su ejercicio en el ámbito público, el Dr. Méndez ha estado fuertemente vinculado con la academia a través de la docencia y la investigación en diversas universidades de la región y de Europa. Adicionalmente ha desempeñado cargos de dirección en organismos internacionales, como la Agencia Internacional de Energías Renovables (IRENA).

Mr. Ramón Méndez has a PhD in Physics from the Universidad de La Plata, Argentina. He is currently the Director of the National Energy Office in the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining, as well as President of the Electric Market Administration. Before serving in the public administration, Mr. Méndez has been strongly involved in academy, teaching and researching in several universities in the region and in Europe. In addition, he has held executive posts in international organizations, such as the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).


Desafíos de la reforma educativa / The challenges of Educational Reform

Dr. Fernando Filgueira

Fernando Filgueira es PhD en Sociología por Northwestern University, Estados Unidos. El Dr. Filgueira ha ocupado cargos en el ámbito académico, en organismos internacionales y en el gobierno nacional. En su desempeño académico ha hecho aportes significativos sobre temas de desarrollo, desigualdad y pobreza. Desde el ámbito de las políticas públicas, además de su vinculación con organismos como el Fondo de Población de las Naciones Unidas y la CEPAL (entre otras), ejerció cargos en la administración pública, en el Área de Gestión y Evaluación del Estado y en la Administración Nacional de Educación Pública. Adicionalmente, en 2015 asumirá el cargo de subsecretario del Ministerio de Educación y Cultura.

Fernando Filgueira is PhD in Sociology (Northwestern University). He has carried out his expertise in the academic field as well as in international organizations and in the national government. His academic work, focused mainly on development and inequality, has been globally recognized. Filgueira worked for several IGOs (e.g. UNFPA and ECLAC) and held office in the national government, in the National Administration of Public Education and the Evaluation and in the State Management and Evaluation Agency. In addition, as of 2015, he will be the vice-minister of the Ministry of Education and Culture.


Desafíos de la política económica / The challenges of Economic Policy

Dr. Gabriel Oddone

Gabriel Oddone París es Doctor en Historia Económica por la Universidad de Barcelona y Economista por la Universidad de la República. Socio CPA / Ferrere e investigador de Cinve. Profesor Titular de Política Económica y de Fundamentos de Análisis Económico en la Universidad de la República. Ha sido consultor para el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) y el Banco Mundial en temas relacionados con la Modernización de la Administración Pública, Educación y Política Económica en Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, México, Paraguay y Uruguay. Ha publicado libros, ensayos y artículos académicos en temas relacionados con crecimiento, comercio internacional y política económica.

Gabriel Oddone París obtained his PhD in Economic History at the Universidad de Barcelona. He is partner of the firm CPA/Ferrere and researcher at Cinve (Center of Economic Investigations). Also regarding his academic role, he teaches Economic Policy and Foundations of Economic Analysis at the Universidad de la República and has published several books and articles on international commerce, growth and economic policy. In addition, Oddone has been a  consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank in several countries of the region.


Desafíos de las política social / The challenges of Social Policy 

Dra. Verónica Amarante

Verónica Amarante es Doctora en Economía por la Universidad de Sussex, Inglaterra. Actualmente es la Directora de la CEPAL en Montevideo y docente titular en el Instituto de Economía de la Universidad de la República (del cual fue Directora en el 2011). Sus investigaciones se han enfocado principalmente en temas de pobreza, mercado laboral y desigualdades presentes en la región (desigualdad de ingresos, género, etc.). Amarante ha hecho numerosas contribuciones reconocidas por la academia que a su vez han sido insumos valiosos para la política pública. También se ha desempeñado como consultora para diversos organismos internacionales, como el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, el Banco Mundial y la Organización Internacional del Trabajo.

Verónica Amarante obtained her PhD in Economics at the University of Sussex. She currently holds the position of Director at ECLAC’s office in Montevideo. She is also a professor (and previous Director) of the Economics Insitute of the Universidad de la República. Her research has focused mainly on poverty, labor market and inequalities in the region (income inequality, gender inequality, among others). Amarante has made numerous contributions to the academia that have proven to be valuable inputs for public policy. In addition, she has worked as a consultant for international organizations, such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the International Labor Organization. 

Opening Keynote Session

REPAL is proud to announce the opening session for the 2015 conference:

Ernesto Stein and Eduardo Fernandez Arias, InterAmerican Development Bank

“Rethinking Productive Development”