Last Weeks to Take Part in the “Dr. Raúl Prebisch” Award

The BCRA reminds applicants that papers for the 13th edition of the “Dr. Raúl Prebisch” Economic Research Annual Award can be submitted until June 30, 2021. Applicants must fill in a Registration Form.

The Prebisch Award is intended for university students, young professionals, and recent graduates of Ph.D. in Economics and related studies in Argentina.

This 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:

• 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 2020 or 2021.

The members of the Jury of this edition are the following:

Sergio Woyecheszen | Vice President, BCRA.

Jorge Carrera | 2nd Vice President, BCRA.

Germán Feldman | Economic Research Deputy General Manager, BCRA.

Andrea Molinari | Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Instituto Interdisciplinario de Economía Política de Buenos Aires (IIEP – Interdisciplinary Institute of Political Economy of Buenos Aires), and Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET - Argentine Scientific and Technical Research Council)

Margarita Olivera | Institute of Economics, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).

The Central Bank will consider awarded papers for publication in the Economic Essays journal called Ensayos Económicos.

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

Dr. Raúl Prebisch

Dr. Prebisch was a pioneer of the Latin American structuralism 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 periphery, and its implications on the economic cycle; foreign restriction as the main limiting factor to sustainable growth; the need to diversify the productive structure in order to overcome foreign bottleneck; the role of the terms of trade; higher income elasticity of imports and lower income elasticity of exports in peripheral countries; and a trend towards divergence between developed and underdeveloped countries, if structural problems are not solved.

Prebisch is an outstanding figure in the BCRA’s history. He was one of the leading figures to promote the bill that led to the creation of the BCRA in 1935 and was the first General Manager until 1943.

May 28, 2021.

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