We use behavioral insights to improve lives in Latin America and the Caribbean

LACEA BRAIN (Behavioral Insights Network) aims to unite efforts by Latin American and Caribbean economists to promote rigorous research using behavioral insights tools and collaborating with peers from across the globe. The network’s goal is to highlight state-of-the-art research techniques to advance knowledge on behavioral economics. It also aims to build bridges and cultivate feedback between the policy world and academia, while consolidating data and experiences from interventions across the region.

The network holds annual meetings showcasing cutting-edge research from its field. It also shares experiences through its website and dissemination channels, while connecting policymakers with a broad range of researchers. Members of the network are actively encouraged to send their best work to LACEA’s journal, Economía.

Call For Papers

2nd LACEA BRAIN Conference - Montevideo, Uruguay / 20-22nd May 2020

The Research Institute for Development, Growth and Economics (RIDGE), the Inter-American Development Bank and the Oficina de Planeamiento y Presupuesto (OPP) from the President's office in Uruguay are pleased to announce a call for papers for the 2nd LACEA BRAIN Conference to be held in Montevideo (Torre Ejecutiva, Plaza Independencia 710), Uruguay, on May 20-22nd, 2020.

LACEA BRAIN is accepting proposals for academic papers on behavioral economics and related topics. Papers should be relevant to policy and/or development issues. Articles on topics of interest to LAC are particularly welcome.

Paper submission Full papers, written in English, must be submitted for consideration for the workshop via the submission platform.

More information, here


Important dates:

Deadline for paper submission: February 15th, 2020

Notification of organizers decision: March 15th, 2020


Founding members

Head of the Network:

Carlos Scartascini (IDB) 2018-2019

Florencia Lopez-Boo (IDB) 2019-2020


Steering Committee:

Mariana Alfonso (IDB)

Ana Maria Ibañez (IDB)

Sebastian Gallegos (IDB)

Ana Inés Balsa (Universidad de Montevideo)

Hernán Bejarano (CIDE)

Mariana Blanco (Universidad del Rosario)

Sandra Polanía-Reyes (University of Notre-Dame)

Santiago Sautúa (Universidad del Rosario)

Renos Vakis (World Bank)


The executive secretariat of the network is staffed by Ana María Rojas (IDB) and Nina Rapoport (IDB).

First Meeting of the Network

LACEA BRAIN (Behavioral Insights Network) hosted its first annual meeting from June 5th to June 7th 2019 at the headquarters of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, DC.

The event was co-hosted by the IDB and the World Bank’s eMBeD and showcased work at the frontier of behavioral economics, with a special emphasis on applications to policy and to the LAC region.

Download the Agenda here