REPAL is a new network of researchers (institutionally affiliated with universities in Latin America, North America, and Europe) interested in promoting and giving greater visibility to new studies in the political economy of Latin America. In thematic terms, it is interested in analyzing the interaction among economic, political, and social processes. REPAL is particularly concerned with how the findings of such analyses further our understanding of development models, the socio-political institutions that sustain them, and the practical problems they face. In methodological terms, REPAL seeks to promote research that is empirically grounded and sensitive to context and that leads to new forms of description, concept formation, causal inference, and theoretical innovations that challenge the conventional wisdom on socially relevant phenomenon in the region. With respect to methods of research and analysis, REPAL’s approach is open and eclectic, based on a simple premise that the methods should be selected as a function of the problem to be studied rather than the reverse. Institutionally, REPAL is a network open to the research community and structured around the promotion of diverse, plural debate on the political economy of Latin America.

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Eighth Annual Conference
To be held June 30-July 1, 2022, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Seventh Annual Conference
Virtual, organized by Cornell University’s Einaudi Center, July 15-17th, 2021
The conference included a keynote panel focused on institutional initiatives to address diversity and gender equality at Latin American universities and another plenary session focused on how COVID-19 has affected the region.

Sixth Annual Conference
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, May 13th and 14th, 2019
The conference included a keynote address by Nora Lustig (Tulane University) on the inequalities of markets and politics in Latin America, and closed with an address by Mitch Landrieu (Former Mayor of New Orleans) on “Why Inequality Matters”

Fifth Annual Conference
Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, June 14th and 15th, 2018
Laura Wills Otero chaired the local organizing committee. It included the presentation of 45 papers and 3 book manuscripts.

Fourth Annual Conference
Universidad del Paci­fico, Lima, Perú, April 27th and 28th, 2017
It included the presentation of 49 papers and 5 book manuscripts.

Third Annual Conference
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA, June 10th and 11th, 2016

For information on the Latin American Political Economy Scholarship Conference where REPAL was initially discussed, click here.