“Meeting the heroes”

11 August 2017

Speaking about the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Economic Sciences to be hosted in Lindau, Germany, from August 22nd to the 26th, what do the expectations expressed by the young talent nominated by Columbus that will participate in the meeting tell us?

They know that it is an opportunity to learn firsthand about the latest findings in economic science; they think, as well, it will be an environment conducive to exchange ideas and they hope to better understand the current economic reality and be able to propose solutions to the problems they perceive. They also look for inspiration: exchanging on the challenges in research will allow them to better appreciate their own future. They know it is an experience that will become a keystone in their academic lives and it will allow them to find other economists with similar interests to create collaborative networks and develop future research. In short, they hope to know and apply new knowledge, to see their future more clearly and to expand their possibilities of international collaboration.

These young economists represent 39.4% of the young economists accepted from Latin America, Spain and Portugal. In Latin America only, the economists presented by Columbus constitute 80% of the accepted ones established in the region and 33.33% of all Latin Americans accepted, if those that study / work outside the region are included.

Let us discover the profile of the candidates who will participate in this meeting.


The three Colombian participants presented by Columbus are all from the Universidad del Rosario.

 DSF1906Andres Felipe Garcia-Suaza is Assistant Professor in Economics at the Universidad del Rosario. He has a B.A. in Economics from Universidad de Antioquia. He then completed two master's degrees, one in Economics at Universidad del Rosario in 2008 and another in Economic Analysis at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid in 2013. From this university he received in 2016 his PhD in Economics with mention Cum Laude. His areas of interest in research are applied econometrics, labor economics and economics of education. In addition to his experience at Universidad del Rosario, Andrés also has teaching and research experience at Universidad Carlos II in Madrid (Spain), Universidad de los Andes, Universidad de Antioquia, Universidad EAFIT and Universidad Externado de Colombia.

According to Andres: "academic exchange is a crucial component in research development. Being able to attend this event is a great opportunity to know the dynamics of research in my area of study, interacting with other young researchers with common interests. In this way, the meeting in Lindau is an opportunity for exchange not only academic but also cultural, and it gives us the possibility to open up to new topics and develop networks around our research topics.”

cesar-mantilla photoCésar Mantilla is Assistant Professor of Economics at the Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá. He graduated as a Chemical Engineer from Universidad Industrial de Santander in 2009. Immediately he completed a Masters in Economics at the Universidad de los Andes, where he was also awarded a PhD in the same area. Behavioral and experimental economics, development economics and environmental economics are the areas of research that interest him the most. He has published articles in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and the Revue Économique. He has been a Postdoctoral Research Resident at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse and Research Assistant at the Toulouse School of Economics in France. He has also conducted research visits and courses in England, Denmark, the United Arab Emirates, Italy and the United States.

César believes that the meeting in Lindau "represents for me an opportunity to better connect the experimental tools, at the core of my research abilities, with relevant economic questions in a stimulating scientific environment. I can hardly think about any other type of event in which one has the privilege to listen to several inspiring Nobel Laureates, who are the top experts, and even founders, of diverse sub-fields in Economics.César hopes, at the end of the event, to leave Lindau with more questions than answers: “I expect enlightening plenary talks and thought-provoking panel discussions will be held. More specifically, I do expect to meet Eric Maskin, Jean Tirole and Vernon Smith."

Mauricio Rodriguez 2Mauricio Rodriguez obtained his Bachelor's and Master's degree in Economics from the Universidad del Rosario and a Ph.D. in Economics from Tilburg University in the Netherlands. He is currently Assistant Professor of the Department of Economics at the Universidad del Rosario and Visiting Professor at Tilburg University. He has published articles in journals such as Development and Society and Defense and Peace Economics. His main research interests lie in the fields of political economy, development economics, resource economics, and their intersection from a macroeconomic perspective.

"My expectations are that through the interaction with some of the leading figures in the area of Economics, I can get a more thorough understanding of the most relevant questions across the different fields of our diverse discipline. Furthermore, by interacting with other young and motivated scholars, I expect to learn from their experience as young researchers. I am particularly interested in learning from the academic challenges that they have faced in the path of setting up their own independent research agendas."


Dante UrbinaDante A. Urbina is an economist from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos and has a Master's degree in Economics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He is currently a full-time professor at the University of Lima. He has given more than 30 lectures at universities in Peru, Spain and Germany. He is the author of the book Economy for Heretics (2015) and has articles published in the Political Economy Journal of India and in the academic volume International Monetary System: Past, Present and Future (2016).

"The master-economist must possess a rare combination of gifts. He must be a mathematician, historian, statesman, and philosopher - to some degree," said the famous economist John Maynard Keynes." This is the vision that has always inspired me. For this reason -he says- I have sought to know diverse paradigms in economics and other social sciences, organizing all knowledge in a solid philosophical framework. I want to understand the economic reality in order to propose solutions to the problems of our time.” In Lindau, Dante hopes "to be able to exchange with them (Nobel Prizes) opinions and analysis regarding the need to rethink the very foundations of economic theory, even at the epistemological level. It requires a pluralistic perspective, which clearly takes into account the contributions of alternative paradigms to the orthodox. In the context of the crisis of 2008 this was noticed, but then very little or nothing has been incorporated into the teaching of economics. I'm very interested to know what Nobel Laureates think about this."

Juan Manuel del PozoJuan Manuel del Pozo holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) and a Master's in Economics from the University of Sussex. He is currently a professor and researcher at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). He has also been a researcher at the University of Sussex and a consultant from the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Peru, the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima and the ILO. Juan Manuel says that his participation in the LACEA (Latin American and Caribbean Economics Association) congress in 2013 in Mexico was life-changing: "besides lecturing to an international audience, I had the chance to interact with Nobel Laureate J. Heckman. As significant as his lecture was the talk we had, since his suggestions on research topics absent in Latin American literature profoundly inspired my work in the following years."

This stimulating environment is what he expects to find in Lindau. He is also eager to learn "on the one hand, the theories that constitute the current frontiers in economics under guidance of those who push them and, on the other hand, the most advanced methods to perform applied research on development issues with a focus in Latin America and, especially, Peru. Therefore, I look forward to collaborating on joint research projects with fellows who share my interests and taking part in academic discussion groups to propose tangible and research-supported policy recommendations for developing countries."


Pedro DegiovanniPedro Gabriel Degiovanni is an economist, graduated magna cum laude, from Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Economics and Finance at CEMFI -Center for Monetary and Financial Studies- in Spain. He has been a professor and researcher at Universidad Nacional de Córdoba and the Institute for Latin American Studies of the Fundación Mediterranea.

Regarding his participation in the meetings, Pedro commented: "I started my studies in Economics with the conviction that the best way to influence reality is through study. It is necessary to understand in depth the problems that affect us and to have the necessary preparation to face them. This meeting will allow me to meet with other economists who are more advanced than I in this process, as well as the best intellectuals of the profession. Knowing their experiences, ideas and advice will help me tremendously to successfully walk this path. I am excited to meet and listen to those who have been my idols in the profession and to be able to establish contacts with the excellent professionals that attend these meetings."



Dirk Foremny


Dirk Foremny is German and has been an assistant professor since 2015 at the Universidad de Barcelona and Resident Research at the Institute of Economics in Barcelona since 2012. He holds a degree in Economics from Goettingen University in 2008 and obtained his PhD from the University of Bonn in Germany in 2012. His main interest in economic research is in public economics and public finance with a secondary interest in political economy and panel-data econometrics. He has written chapters on three books on finance and public economics in Germany and Spain. He has also published articles in journals such as Public Choice, Journal of Public Economics, and European Journal of Political Economy. He has also conducted research visits in Brazil (PUC Rio), Germany (IFO Institute) and France (Université de Lille).

Dirk says: "My interest in economics developed early. I always found it very interesting to analyze how economic decisions, at the individual level and in society, are made. Therefore, I decided not only to study economics, but also to dedicate my post-graduate life to research.” … "I believe the exchange and competition of ideas is the best foundation to advance knowledge, and my work has always benefited from this. For this reason, it is an honor to participate in the Lindau meetings. The work of Professor Mirrlees, just to name one, inspired one of my most recent projects on tax induced migration and it would not only be an honor, but also a great opportunity for me and my future work "




Liana BohnLiana Bohn holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Universidad Federal Santa Maria in Brazil. She also has a Master's degree in Economics from the Universidad Federal de Viçosa and a PhD in the same area of Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina. Currently works as a teacher for this same university and as a researcher for the Santa Catarina Industrial Observatory.Participating in the Meetings is a great personal experience for Liana. In his own words: "It is an opportunity for learning that is not found in books and in our training as economists. As a Brazilian and as a woman meeting Nobel Laureates in Economics is a positive break in my academic career, just when I finish my doctorate. This experience will change my life, with the expectation of making a great contribution to economic knowledge, like these many names present at the conference "

Liana believes that "having the opportunity to learn from those who have already been recognized for their work is an inspiration for any young researcher. However, the meeting is not just about this: exchanging experiences with economists from around the world, with different points of view of the economy, is a unique opportunity to create collaborative networks for future research, as well as share experiences and make new ones friends. My motivation is based on people, aware that the exchange of ideas and shared learning will be the main gifts that all participants will have the honor to receive."

HoeckelPaulo Henrique Hoeckel is an economist from Universidad Federal de Santa Maria, where he also obtained his Master's degree. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Development Economics at Pontificia Universidade Católica de Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil and at the same time is a researcher at the Lisbon School of Economics and Management / University of Lisbon. He has made numerous articles in specialized magazines and has published a book on the economic efficiency of wine production in his region.

According to Paulo, this experience will allow him to learn "through the discussion of topics and ideas relevant to the development of my doctoral thesis and to contribute to future research that may become latent issues in Brazil. This opportunity will be an important part of my academic education, since it will make possible the interaction with important scientists, facilitating future contacts, and also bringing this experience and its positive effects to my University in Brazil."



Ricardo PereiraRicardo Barradas has worked for four years in the Portuguese banking system as a financial market analyst. But his passion for teaching and research was crucial to the decision of doing a PhD in Economics and proceed with an academic career. He obtained a PhD in Economics in ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon in the last year with a thesis around the topic of financialisation and its deleterious effects on the Portuguese economy since the mid-nineties. Currently, he is Assistant Professor at Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon and Researcher at Dinâmia’CET – IUL in ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon. His main research interests are in the fields of political economy, post-keynesian economics, financial markets, the financial system and other related areas.

He recognises that the participation in this conference “will be an excellent opportunity to know and contact with other students and researchers of economics from all around the world and, probably, to establish contact with them for future academic partnerships and collaborations”. In the same vein, he stresses that the participation in this conference allows the presentation of its recent work by receiving feedback from other prestigious academics, like Nobel Laureates in Economics. He is sure that this conference will be a source of inspiration for its future.

Paulo Marques 2

Paulo Marques holds a PhD in Economics from ISCTE - Instituto Universitario de Lisboa, obtained after having studied a Master's degree in Economics and a B.A. in Sociology at the same university. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Political Economy at ISCTE - IUL. He has published two books and numerous papers in specialized journals such as Portuguese Journal of Social Science and Socio-Economic Review.

Paulo hopes that the Meeting with the Nobel Laureates will allow him to find other young researchers interested in the field of political economy in order to establish contacts and thus conduct joint research in the future. He also hopes to have the opportunity to meet some Nobel Laureates up close and learn from their experience.


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