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

The BCRA reminds applicants that papers for the 12th edition of the “Dr. Raúl Prebisch” Economic Research Annual Award can be submitted until July 31, 2020. Applicants must fill in a registration form.

The Prebisch Award is intended for university students and young professionals of 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 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

Prize: ARS250,000


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, Universidad Nacional del Sur (UNS) and National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET)

Roxana Maurizio, Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) and CONICET

Marta Novick, Universidad Metropolitana para la Educación y el Trabajo (UMET) and CONICET

Walter Sosa Escudero, Universidad de San Andrés (UdeSA) and CONICET

Sergio Woyecheszen, Vice President, BCRA

The awarded papers will be published on the BCRA website and will be considered for publication 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 core and periphery 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.

June 30, 2020.

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