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Find out about the professional development sessions at LACEA-LAMES 2021!

The LACEA LAMES 2021, organized by the Universidad del Rosario, opened the floor to new professional development sessions.

The five conferences set for this purpose covered topics as diverse as networking, the balance between work and family, publishing for non-US scholars, the job market for young economists after the crisis, and financing opportunities offered by sectors different from the academy.

The professional development session on networking was led by Anna Aizer, professor at Brown University, and Mauricio Romero, assistant professor of economics at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), who served as moderator. During the session, Mauricio and Anna presented multiple pieces of advice related to this matter. Likewise, both highlighted that virtuality offers numerous advantages for networking. Meetings in Zoom, for example, lower the costs of activities such as workshops or meetings to discuss drafts. Finally, during the Q&A session, Anna and Mauricio advised on the best visibility strategies and the most appropriate ways to get in touch with senior researchers related to their interests. One of these was creating a personal web page to add information about previous research, current position, and profile.

Simultaneously, the job market session was led by Pablo Querubín, professor at New York University, and Juan Vargas, professor at Universidad del Rosario, who served as moderator. Both professors are part of the hiring committees of their respective universities and shared tips to increase the chances of succeeding in the different university hiring processes. For example, including relevant details from your research in the early sections of your application material, up to practicing the interview aloud to improve your speech. They also commented that they do not rule out returning to face-to-face processes pending the evolution of the Covid-19 situation. Finally, the public generated a discussion of what the process would be outside of academic contexts, on which the professors also gave their opinions and advice.

On the second day, the professional development discussion on publishing for non-US scholars was held. The meeting was directed by Daniel Silverman, editor of the American Economic Journal, AEJ, and moderated by Professor Juan Vargas. The editor talked about the publication policy of the AEJ: from the rate of publications during 2020 according to the type of economic area, microeconomics, macroeconomics, applied economics, and politics, to sharing that rejecting many publications is usual in these processes. He also comments that a paper that has a significant contribution to economic application in the real world or one that has a considerable contribution to a little-explored field are the ones that attract the most attention.

Simultaneously, another professional development session was held on funding opportunities and links with sectors other than academia. The space was in charge of Karthik Muralidharan, professor of economics at the University of California, and Mauricio Rodríguez, assistant professor of the Universidad del Rosario, who moderated the session. First, Muralidharan highlighted the importance of grants as a source of financing and regretted that in many cases, for reasons such as the low costs of the research carried out, economists prefer not to participate in these calls for application. Afterwards, Muralidharan presented the different sources of funding. Among these, he highlighted national funds for research, development agencies such as the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, and private financing funds. Finally, professor Muralidharan presented a series of tips to apply for grants, and Rodríguez opened the Q&A session. This allowed the attendees to submit questions about the best ways to apply to these calls and be attractive for grants.

The last session was led by Amanda Kowlski from the University of Michigan, and Eric Bettinger, from Stanford University. This session was moderated by Ana María Tribín, public policy specialist at the United Nations Development Program. Additionally, sessions about job opportunities in the World Bank and the multinational Amazon were held. They closed the second day of the LACEA-LAMES 2021.