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FOURTH IBERO-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON LOCAL FINANCE - UPDATE: Presentations, videos and audios available for download

1 September 2015|Event

The IV Ibero-American Conference on Local Finance will be held on 1 and September 2, 2015 in the headquarter of ECLAC, Santiago de Chile.

UPDATE: Presentations, videos and audios available for download  

The IV Ibero-American Conference on Local Finance will be held on 1 and September 2, 2015 in the headquarter of ECLAC, Santiago de Chile. This event is a successor of the previous ones in Toledo (Spain, 2011), in La Plata (Argentina, 2013) and in Sao Paulo (Brazil, 2014).

The goal is to gain results out of completed research, which are providing experience from the Ibero-American countries. The topics of the Fourth Conference are (besides  the general agenda):

 1. Sub national expenditure (local and regional needs, measurement of expenditure and accountability mechanisms).
2. Territorial Equity (allocation of tax powers and distribution of transfers between levels of government).
3. Reforms to the system of intergovernmental relations in Latin America and Spain.
4. Provision of local public goods and services and their funding: the case of urban areas in Latin America


Luis Caramés (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
Vicente Fretes Cibils (IDB-American Development Bank)
Juan Pablo Jimenez (ECLAC)
Marcelo Garriga (National University of La Plata, Argentina)
Letellier Leonardo Saavedra (Universidad de Chile)
José Roberto Afonso (Getulio Vargas Foundation and Instituto Fernando Henrique
Cardoso, Brazil)
Javier Suarez Pandiello (University of Oviedo, Spain)
Ernesto Rezk (National University of Córdoba)
Ignacio Irarrázabal (Catholic University of Chile)


Those interested in presenting papers at the event should send an abstract of no more than four pages by Friday June 5, 2015. The papers will be will be evaluated by the Academic Committee of the conference.
Accepted candidates will be informed until June 23, 2015.
The final paper of accepted candidates needs to be submitted by August 7, 2015.
Submissions must be made by e-mail to the following address:

Agenda of the conference

9:00 Opening speech by Antonio Prado, Deputy Executive Secretary of ECLAC,  and Leonardo Letelier,  Director of the Postgraduate School of the University of Chile and representative of IDB (TBD), Chief Fiscal Economist of IBD.

9.30 - 11.00 – 1st­­ Set of presentations.   Moderator:   Leonardo Letelier (University of Chile)

1. Topic: Territorial Equality: Transfers and Taxation

“Equalization grants and asymmetric sharing of natural resources: options for Latin America” Giorgo Brosio (UNITO) and Juan Pablo Jimenez (ECLAC) (30’)

“Similar opportunities for different subnational governments - equalization transfers in Latin America and the Caribbean” - Andrés Muñoz and Axel Radics (IBD) (30’)

Discussion:  (30’)

11.00 - 11.30 - Coffee break

11.30 - 13.00 – 2nd Set of presentations, Moderator: Luis Caramés (University of Santiago de Compostela)

 “Fiscal needs at regional level and options to improve the distribution of intergovernmental transfers in Peru” - Gonzalo Neyra Araoz (University Esan, Peru) (30’)

 “Transfer System and Fiscal Equalization. International Comparison” -  Marcelo Luis Capello (IERAL) (30’)

Discussion:  (30’)

13.00 - 14.30 – Lunch break

14.30 - 15.30 – 3rd Set of presentations.  Moderator:  Ricardo Martner ECLAC.

 “The determination of the tax effort in the Argentine provinces: the case of the tax on gross income” – Darío Rossignolo (University of Buenos Aires) (30’)

Discussion:  (30’)

2. Topic: Decentralization and Subnational Spending

A Mariachi Medley: Mexico’s Long Road to Fiscal Federalism Reform– Emilio Pineda  (IBD) (30’)

Discussion:  (30’)

15.30 - 16.00  - Coffee break

16.00 - 17.30 – 4th Set of presentations.  Moderator:   Huascar Eguino (IBD)

 “Measures of performance and efficiency in the public sector. A case study” (Bolivia)” – Alberto Porto, Walter Rosales y Marcelo Garriga (University Nacional de la Plata). (30’)

Discussion:  (30’)

“Fiscal Decentralization and Economic Growth: Evidence from Regional-Level Panel Data for Colombia” – Ignacio Lozano (Banco de la República) and Juan Manuel Julio (Banco de la República). (30’)

Discussion:  (30’)

Summary of the day:  (30’)

18.30 - Cocktail. 

Wednesday September 2nd

9.00 - 10.30 – 5th Set of presentations. Moderator: José Larios (IBD)

3. Topic: Reforms to intergovernmental relations in LAC and Spain

“Economic crisis and intergovernmental transfers to municipalities in Spain: management problems and simulation of alternatives” - Javier Suarez Pandiello (University de Oviedo), Francisco Pedraja Chaparro and Alfonso Utrilla de la Hoz. (30’)

Discussion:  (30’)

"Design of transfers in Chile- achieving effective service delivery and convergence of opportunities”– Leonardo Letelier (University de Chile), Ehtisham Ahmad (LSE) y Hector Ormeño. (30’)

Discussion:  (30’)

10.30 - 11.00 - Coffee break

11.00 - 12.30 – 6th Set of presentations. Moderator:  Héctor Ormeño (University of Chile)

 “Can education targets be met without increasing public spending? An analysis for Brazilian municipalities” – Plínio Portela de Oliveira, Fabiana Rocha; Sérgio Ricardo de Brito Gadelha, Janete Duarte (University of São Paulo) (30’)

Discussion:  (30’)

“The gap on tax collection and expenditure productivity in Mexican municipalities: An approach to public services – Gabriel Farfán Mares (Univ. Iberoamericana México DF) (30’)

Discussion:  (30’)

12.30 - 14.00 – Lunch break

14.00 - 15.30 – 7th Set of presentations. Moderator: Javier Suarez Pandiello (University of Oviedo)

 “The impact of budgetary transfers from the national government to the Argentine provinces” – Juan Carro (Coordinator of Fiscal Studies in Ministry of Economy and Public Finance of the Nation) (30’)

Discussion:  (30’)

15.30 - 16.00 - Coffee break

16.00 - 17.30 8th Set of presentations.  Moderator: Javier Suarez Pandiello (University of Oviedo)

“External control in the subcentral governments: a Neoinstitutional view” – Luis Caramés Viétiez and María Cadaval Sampedro (University de Santiago de Compostela) (30’)

Discussion:  (30’)

Summary of the day:  (30’)