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“Dr. Raúl Prebisch” Economic Research Award Ceremony

At the virtual opening ceremony, President, Miguel Ángel Pesce highlighted the importance of retaking BCRA´s academic initiatives.

The BCRA presented awards to the winners of the “Dr. Raúl Prebisch” Economic Research Annual Award. President Miguel Ángel Pesce, members of the Board of the BCRA, members of the jury, and the winners of each category took part in the ceremony.

President Pesce noted, in his welcome speech, the importance of resuming different academic initiatives such as the relaunch of the Ensayos Económicos journal (Economic Essays), “Dr. Raúl Prebisch” Economic Research Award and Money and Banking Conferences. In turn, Germán Feldman, Economic Research Deputy General Manager of the BCRA and coordinator of the Award, outlined the cultural diversity and high attendance of graduate university students.

He also praised the work of the jury, both internal and external, and their meticulous analysis of papers, which proved to double the historical average.

Jorge Carrera, member of the Board of the BCRA and of the jury, praised the initiative and referred to the need for an Award of this kind that promotes research among young professionals and graduates. Last, Sergio Woyecheszen, BCRA’s Vice President and member of the jury, painted a picture of the way Prebisch would have dealt with current domestic situation in terms of the world context judging by his knowledge and experience.

Then, the winning papers were presented by category and the authors shared the main contributions, approaches and some research findings.

The first prize in the PhD Thesis in Economics category was awarded to Magdalena Cornejo for her paper “Un estudio econométrico de los precios de las commodities y su relación con la economía argentina” (An Econometric Study of Commodity Prices and their Relationship with the Argentine Economy). It will be published in the Ensayos Económicos journal.

In the Young Professionals category, the first prize was awarded to Matías Barberis for his paper “Asimetrías del pass-through del tipo de cambio a precios: caso argentino (2004-2019)” (Asymmetries in Exchange Rate Pass-Through to Prices: The Argentine Case (2004-2019)); while the second prize was shared by Lucas María Soules for his paper “Un modelo de aprendizaje automático orientado a predecir mora crediticia sobre la base de datos públicos, abiertos y masivos: desarrollo, evaluación e implicancias prácticas para el mercado crediticio argentino” (An Automatic Learning Model to Predict Loan Delinquency based on Public, Open and Massive Data: Development, Evaluation and Practical Implications for the Argentine Credit Market), and María del Pilar Monteagudo for her paper “Una nueva metodología para identificar los determinantes de la liquidez accionaria relevante para distintos perfiles de la inversión” (A New Methodology to Identify the Determinants of Relevant Stock Liquidity for Different Investment Profiles).

In the University Students category, the first prize was awarded to Patricio Jorge Temperley for his paper “Sustitución de monedas y efecto histéresis: una aplicación empírica para la Argentina” (Currency Substitution and Hysteresis Effect: An Empirical Application to Argentina), while the second prize was shared by Franco Nuñez for his paper “Informalidad laboral en un sistema previsional de reparto parcialmente contributivo y sus efectos macroeconómicos. Un modelo teórico con aplicación al caso argentino” (Labor Informality in a Partially Contributory Unfunded Pension System and its Macroeconomic Effects. A Theoretical Model Applied to the Argentine Case), and Manuel Infante for his paper “Índices de movilidad: una aplicación empírica al sistema financiero argentino” (Mobility Indexes: An Empirical Application to the Argentine Financial System).

The jury consisted of Martín Abeles, Director, Buenos Aires Office, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); Jorge Carrera, 2nd Vice President, BCRA; Germán Feldman, Economic Research Deputy General Manager, BCRA; Silvia London, professor and researcher, Universidad Nacional del Sur (UNS), and National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET); Roxana Maurizio, professor and researcher, Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) and CONICET; Marta Novick, professor and researcher, Universidad Metropolitana para la Educación y el Trabajo (UMET) and CONICET; Walter Sosa Escudero, professor and researcher, Universidad de San Andrés (UdeSA) and CONICET; and Sergio Woyecheszen, Vice President, BCRA.

Awards Summary by Category:

Category: Annual Award for PhD Thesis in Economics completed in Argentina: (Award: ARS250,000)

Paper: “Un estudio econométrico de los precios de las commodities y su relación con la economía argentina” (An Econometric Study of Commodity Prices and their Relationship with the Argentine Economy)
Author’s pseudonym: TD01
Name: Magdalena Cornejo

Category: Annual Award for Young Professionals

1st Prize: (First Prize: ARS150,000)
Paper: “Asimetrías del pass-through del tipo de cambio a precios: caso argentino (2004-2019)” (Asymmetries in Exchange Rate Pass-Through to Prices: The Argentine Case (2004-2019)
Author’s pseudonym: la.perla.del.oeste
Name: Matías Barberis

2nd Prize: (Second Prize: ARS90,000) – 2 winners-

WINNER 1 (Prize: ARS45,000)
Paper: “Un modelo de aprendizaje automático orientado a predecir mora crediticia sobre la base de datos públicos, abiertos y masivos: desarrollo, evaluación e implicancias prácticas para el mercado crediticio argentino” (An Automatic Learning Model to Predict Loan Delinquency based on Public, Open and Massive Data: Development, Evaluation and Practical Implications for the Argentine Credit Market)
Author’s pseudonym: Elliot
Name: Lucas María Soules

WINNER 2 (Prize: ARS45,000)
Paper: “Una nueva metodología para identificar los determinantes de la liquidez accionaria relevante para distintos perfiles de la inversión” (A New Methodology to Identify the Determinants of Relevant Stock Liquidity for Different Investment Profiles)
Author’s pseudonym: Mujeres en finanzas
Name: María del Pilar Monteagudo

Category: Annual Award for University Students

1st Prize (First Prize: ARS75,000)
Paper: “Sustitución de monedas y efecto histéresis: una aplicación empírica para la Argentina” (Currency Substitution and Hysteresis Effect: An Empirical Application to Argentina)
Author’s pseudonym: Adso de Melk
Name: Patricio Jorge Temperley

2nd Prize (Second Prize: ARS50,000) – 2 winners

WINNER 1 (Prize: ARS25,000)
Paper: “Informalidad laboral en un sistema previsional de reparto parcialmente contributivo y sus efectos macroeconómicos. Un modelo teórico con aplicación al caso argentino” (Labor Informality in a Partially Contributory Unfunded Pension System and its Macroeconomic Effects. A Theoretical Model Applied to the Argentine Case)
Author’s pseudonym: August Leon
Name: Franco Núñez

WINNER 2 (Prize: ARS25,000)
Paper: “Índices de movilidad: Una aplicación empírica al sistema financiero argentino” (Mobility Indexes: An Empirical Application to the Argentine Financial System)
Author’s pseudonym: Juan tercero Príncipe
Name: Manuel Infante

November 27, 2020.

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