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

Antitrust and Regulation

The Antitrust and Regulation 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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Crime and Conflict

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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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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