Buscador Google


Conference: May 28th -29th, 2018

Submission deadline: 
March 30th, 2018 (There is no participation fee)

Notification of acceptance:
April 15th, 2018


Universidad del Rosario
Auditorio Jockey Club
Carrera 6 # 15 - 18


Fernando Jaramillo

“The Economics of Informality Conference 2018”

The conference will be the first organized by the “Network on Informality Studies” at Universidad del Rosario.

The school of Economics at Universidad del Rosario (Bogota, Colombia) is pleased to invite you to The Economics of Informality Conference 2018. This Conference aims to bring together scholars, experts, young researchers, practitioners and policy makers to present their work and exchange knowledge and debate the issues about informal economy.



We invite you to submit papers studying the phenomenon of informality across of a wide range of areas, including labor economics, industrial organization, urban economics, agricultural economics, finance, regulation, public economics, political economics, development economics, among others. Both, empirical and theoretical papers are welcome.

Young researchers are particularly encouraged to apply. All papers submitted by the deadline will be reviewed.

There is no participation fee. Participants do have to cover the costs for travel and accommodation. Accommodation at reasonable prices will be proposed to participants. 

The deadline for the submission is March 30th, 2018.


Monday 28



Day 1

  08:00 - 08:15 am
Registration and welcome coffee

  08:15 - 08:30 a. m

  08:30 - 09:30 a.m
Keynote Lectures: The Informal Sector and Institutional Economics”

Pranab Bardhan
Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley

  9:30 - 10:30 am
“Informality in Colombia: Problems and solutions”

Mauricio Cárdenas
Minister of Finance and Public Credit

  10:30 - 11:00 a.m
Coffee break

  11:00 - 12:30 m
Panel: “Regulation, social policy and informality”
  • Pranab Bardhan
Professor of Economics at University of California, Berkeley
  • David Margolis
Professor of Economics at Paris School of Economics
  • Carlos Medina
Director at Colombian Central Bank of Medellín
  • Santiago Montenegro
President of Asofondos, former Director of The National Department of Planning
  • Juan Daniel Oviedo
Professor and Director of The Department of Planning at Universidad del Rosario

  12:30-14:00 p.m

  14:00-15:30 p.m
Contributed Session 1

  15:30-16:00 p.m
Coffee break

  16:00-17:30 p.m
Contributed Session 2

Tuesday 29



Day 2

  07:45 - 8:15 a.m
Registration and welcome coffee

  08:15- 08:30 a.m

  8:30 - 10:00 a.m
Contributed Session 3

  10:00-10:30 a.m
Coffee break

  10:30-12:00 m
Contributed Session 4

  12:00-14:00 pm

  14:00 -15:00 p.m
Keynote Lectures: Growth, Inequality and Informality”

Francois Bourguignon
Professor of Economics at Paris School of Economics

  15:00 - 16:00 p.m
“Growth and Informality in Colombia”

Luis Fernando Mejía
Director of the National Department of Planning

  16:00-16:30 p.m
Coffee break

  16:30 - 18:00 p.m
Panel: “Economic Development, inclusive growth and informality”
  • Francois Bourguignon
Professor of Economics at Paris School of Economics
  • Jean-Olivier Hairault
Professor of Economics at Paris School of Economics
  • Oscar Valencia
Director of Macroeconomic Policy at the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit
  • Sergio Clavijo
President of the National Financial Institutions Association (ANIF), former Vice Minister of Finance and Public Credit
  • Fernando Jaramillo
Professor of Economics at Universidad del Rosario


Practical Information

Universidad del Rosario, located in Bogotá’s historical city center. Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, is a modern city with historical roots that date back to the 16th century. It stands at 2,600 meters above sea level, and offers a temperate climate all year around. Its wonderful combination of colonial roots and modern cosmopolitan trends highlights Bogotá’s rich in cultural offerings, with dozens of museums, fine dining and lively nightlife.
You can also find additional information about tourism in Bogotá here and here.

Getting to Bogotá

Centro Internacional Bogotá

Organizing committee

The Economics of Informality Conference 2018 is organized by Jean Olivier Hairault, Fernando Jaramillo, Juan Miguel Gallego and Andrés Felipe García.