Calls for Submission for "Dr. Raúl Prebisch" Award is Postponed

The BCRA has decided to postpone the deadline for the submission of papers for “Dr. Raúl Prebisch” Economic Research Annual Award until Friday, July 31. Participants should use the form to enroll.

Within the framework of the 85th anniversary of the BCRA, the 2020 edition of the "Dr. Raúl Prebisch" Economic Research Annual Award is intended for young professionals and university students of Economics and related studies in Argentina.

This twelfth edition Award is in commemoration of one of the most outstanding economists in Argentine history and seeks to encourage research on monetary, macroeconomic, financial and banking issues.

The Award categories are as follows:

  • University students: students of Economics or related studies at public and/or private universities throughout the country.
  • Young professionals: with no more than five years as graduates in Economics or related studies.
  • PhD thesis in Economics: written by graduates from Argentine universities and passed in 2017, 2018, 2019 or 2020.

The prizes for each category are as follows:

University students
- First prize: ARS75,000.
- Second prize: ARS50,000.

Young professionals
- First prize: ARS150,000.
- Second prize: ARS90,000.

PhD thesis in Economics
- Award: ARS250,000.

Martín Abeles, Director, Buenos Aires Office, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
Jorge Carrera, BCRA 2nd Vice President
Germán Feldman, BCRA Economic Research Deputy General Manager
Silvia London, UNS and CONICET
Roxana Maurizio, UBA and CONICET
Marta Novick, UMET and CONICET
Walter Sosa Escudero, UdeSA and CONICET
Sergio Woyecheszen, BCRA Vice President

The awarded papers will be published in the BCRA website and, eventually, in the Ensayos Económicos (Economic Essays) journal.

For enquiries about the Award, write to or call (011) 4348-3582.

Dr. Raúl Prebisch

Dr. Prebisch was a pioneer of the Latin American structuralist thought in the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). By the end of the 1940s, he created a number of economic categories which are still essential to understand the challenges that our economies face today: the exchange between the core and peripheral and its implications on the economic cycle; foreign restriction as the main limiting factor to sustainable growth; need to diversify the productive structure in order to overcome foreign bottleneck; role of the terms of trade and their ancient worsening; higher income elasticity of imports in peripheral countries; and, finally, the trend towards divergence between developed and emerging countries if these structural problems are not solved.

Prebisch holds a really special place in BCRA history. He was one of the leading figures to promote the bill that made possible the creation of the BCRA in 1935, and was the first General Manager until 1943.

May 18, 2020.

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