2024 Latin American Journal of Central Banking (LAJCB)

Call for Papers

May 23 - 24, 2024 – Mexico City (hybrid)

The 2024 Latin American Journal of Central Banking (LAJCB) Conference took place on May 23 and 24, 2024 at the CEMLA's headquarters in Mexico City. The event brought together scholars, policymakers, and professionals to discuss essential topics in central banking. Keynote Lectures were given by Allen N. Berger (University of South Carolina), David Argente (Yale University), and Eric A. Powers (University of South Carolina).

The program featured 25 research papers in 8 sessions, divided into 3 parallel sessions. The sessions covered the following subjects: monetary policy, banking, pensions, climate change, inflation dynamics, Interest Rates, credit, economic modelling, and empirical macroeconomics. A particular conference highlight was the recognition ceremony for the first-place winners of the 2023 CEMLA Central Bank Award (Central Bank Award Rodrigo Gómez).


2024 Latin American Journal of Central Banking (LAJCB)

Call for Papers

May 23 - 24, 2024 – Mexico City (hybrid)

The Center for Latin American Monetary Studies (CEMLA) is pleased to organize the second edition of the Latin American Journal of Central Banking (LAJCB) Conference, to be held on May 23 - 24, 2024 at CEMLA’s headquarters in Mexico City. CEMLA invites paper contributions within the broad range of topics of interest to central banks, including (but not limited to) monetary theory and policy, financial intermediation (both theory and empirics), climate-related aspects of financial stability and monetary policy, digitalization and financial markets, and payments and market infrastructures. The Conference is open to papers that may or may not seek to be published in the LAJCB.

Papers accepted for presentation will be discussed by another speaker within the same session. Accepted papers, presentations, and discussions will be posted on the Conference website to facilitate the discussion among participants.

Keynote Speakers


The Conference will be held at CEMLA’s facilities in Mexico City in a hybrid format (in-person and digitally). There is no registration fee. There is a limited budget to cover economy flights for in-person presenters.

LAJCB Publication

Papers accepted for the Conference are invited (there is no obligation) to be submitted to the Latin American Journal of Central Banking. Authors who wish their paper to be considered for the LAJCB should clearly indicate this in their Conference submission.

Monetary Award

All accepted papers in the LAJCB will receive a compensation of 1,000 USD each, which CEMLA will fund. The monetary prize will be divided in equal parts among each paper's authors. If the paper participates in any other CEMLA award, it will only be eligible for the monetary prize once.

Important Dates

March 22, 2024. Submission deadline. Please submit your paper to conference@cemla.org

April 5, 2024. Notification of paper acceptance

April 15, 2024. Deadline for Conference registration (there is no registration fee)

May 23 - 24, 2024. Conference dates

Scientific Committee

  • José Berrospide, Federal Reserve System
  • Nicola Branzoli, Banca d'Italia
  • Jens Christensen, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Mariela Dal Borgo, Banco de México
  • Carlos Madeira, Banco Central de Chile
  • Gerardo Hernández-del-Valle, CEMLA
  • Gustavo Leyva, CEMLA
  • Serafín Martínez-Jaramillo, Banco de México
  • Esteban Méndez, Banco Central de Costa Rica
  • Carola Müller, Bank for International Settlements
  • Matías Ossandon Busch, CEMLA
  • Jorge Ponce, Banco Central del Uruguay
  • Nelson Ramírez-Rondán, CEMLA
  • Bárbara Sadaba, Bank of Canada
  • Miguel Sarmiento, Banco de la República
  • Thiago Silva, Banco Central do Brasil

Organizing Committee

  • Gerardo Hernández-del-Valle, CEMLA
  • Gustavo Leyva, CEMLA
  • Matías Ossandon Busch, CEMLA
  • Nelson Ramírez-Rondán, CEMLA

2024 Latin American Journal of Central Banking (LAJCB)


2024 Latin American Journal of Central Banking (LAJCB)

Allen N. Berger

Allen N. Berger is H. Montague Osteen, Jr., Professor in Banking and Finance, Carolina Distinguished Professor, Co-Founder/Co-Director of the Center for Financial Institutions (CFI) at the Darla Moore School of Business - University of South Carolina, Member of the Fixed Income-Financial Institutions Organizing Committee. Professor Berger is Officer of the Financial Intermediation Research Society (FIRS). He is affiliated with the Wharton Financial Institutions Center, European Banking Center, and other research centers around the world. He is currently on editorial boards of eight research journals. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. His research covers a variety of topics related to financial institutions. His main publications appear in Journal of Political Economy, American Economic Review, Journal of Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Monetary Economics, among others.

David Argente

David Argente is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Yale School of Management, with a secondary appointment at the Yale Department of Economics. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the NBER, a Faculty Member of the Economic Growth Center, and a Research Affiliate of the Cowles Foundation. Previously, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Minneapolis Fed, an Assistant Professor at Penn State University, and a Kenen Fellow at the International Economics Section of Princeton University’s Economics Department. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. His research focuses on applied macroeconomics, macro-development, innovation, and monetary economics. His main publications appear in Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, among others.


2024 Latin American Journal of Central Banking (LAJCB)

Venue Information

CEMLA is located in Durango 54, Col. Roma Cuauhtémoc, C.P. 06700 Ciudad de México, México; near downtown Mexico City.

Mexico City is located near the center of the country, at an average altitude of 2,300 meters above sea level, bordering the State of Mexico and the state of Morelos. The capital is connected by land to multiple destinations.

Time Zone

Mexico has a time difference with Greenwich Mean Time of -6 hours.


In Mexico City, the wet season is warm and overcast and the dry season is comfortable and partly cloudy. Throughout the year, the temperature usually ranges from 6°C to 26°C and is rarely below 3°C or above 30°C.

The warm season lasts for 2.5 months, from March 22 to June 8, with an average daily temperature above 20°C. The hottest month of the year in Mexico City is May, with an average high of 27°C and low of 13°C.

The cool season lasts for 2.5 months, from November 19 to February 3, with an average daily high temperature below 22°C. The coldest month of the year in Mexico City is January, with an average low of 6°C and high of 22°C.

Visa Information

All participants are responsible for all Passport and visa formalities, and if needed, to comply with health regulations.

Citizens of certain countries require a visa to enter Mexico. In the following link you will find a list of citizenships which require visas: Countries that require visas.

Exceptions apply if you have a visa or if you are a permanent resident of the United States, Canada or Europe. If you are a citizen of a country requiring a visa, please contact the closest Mexican consulate at: Mexican consulates. For more information, please click here.

If you require an invitation letter in order to obtain the visa, please email Olivia Fuentes (ofuentes@cemla.org) specifying your current affiliation and title of the paper that you will be presenting.

Currency and Exchange Rate

Official currency: Mexican peso (MXN).

For the updated exchange rate click here.

You will be able to make currency exchanges at exchange houses and in some bank offices. It is recommended to exchange money at the airport since exchange houses and banks near CEMLA and the suggested hotels are closed on weekends, and close early during the week (around 16:00 hrs). Usually, ATMs are available 24 hours. You may draw cash using international debit and credit cards with worldwide brands, like Visa, Mastercard, Visa Electron and Dinners. For more information, please visit Banco de México.

VAT and others
  • · VAT: 16%.
  • · Hotel service: additional charge of 3.5% on top of lodging (ISH or lodging tax).
  • · Tips at restaurants: from 10% to 15% depends on the service you have received.
Electricity Service

Energy: 127 volts AC at 60 cycles (127V AC, 60 Hz). Two flat-pin plugs and some with grounding.


The Benito Juárez International Airport in Mexico City is located 13 kilometers from the Downtown. It has two terminals which are identified by Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 and both are connected by aerotrain and free bus transportation. For more information, you may find the airport website here.

When arriving to Mexico City, transportation from the airport to hotels can be done by transportation apps (such as Uber, Cabify, Didi and Lyft, among others), or taxi. For taxi transportation it is important to select a taxi company inside the airport (there are different options to select from once you exit customs and immigration), pay the cashier inside the airport and ask for the cab in the corresponding exit. The Mexico City International Airport (AICM) offers spaces or boarding areas for the use of authorized cabs accredited by the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT) and regulated by the Airport, for more information on authorized cabs click here.

For transportation in Mexico City, we recommend participants to use transportation apps or taxi service taken from “SITIO” stands. We recommend that participants avoid taking taxis from the street. SITIO stands can be found in several locations and phone numbers to call for taxis can be obtained in the hotels.

CEMLA will not provide transportation services.


The following table shows CEMLA’s recommended hotels, the rates available to events participants and hotel contact information. Booking hotel is the visitors’ responsibility. Consider that hotels usually request a credit card to guarantee the reservation. Consider that hotels usually request a credit card to guarantee the reservation. Rates include 16% VAT and 3.5% ISH (local tax).

To receive the corporate rate in the recommended hotels you must specify the name of CEMLA. Any change of rates is the responsibility of each hotel. Even though some bookings can be made online we recommend contacting the hotel directly to make sure the group rate is given.

Recommended Hotels
Reservation information

Av. Álvaro Obregón 13, Roma Nte., Cuauhtémoc, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX

(3-minute car trip, 6-minute walk, 500m to CEMLA)

Ordinary rate per night:

$ 125 USD

CEMLA corporate rate:

$ 83 USD, includes taxes

Royal Reforma

C. Amberes 78, Juárez, Cuauhtémoc, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX

(10-minute car trip, 13-minute walk, 1 km to CEMLA)

Ordinary rate per night:

$ 165 USD

CEMLA corporate rate:

$ 81 USD


Taxes, Wi-Fi, breakfast buffet, gym, pool, sauna (upon request)

Four Points by Sheraton

Av. Álvaro Obregón 38, C. U. Benito Juárez, Cuauhtémoc, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX

(5-minute car trip, 6-minute walk, 500 m to CEMLA)

Ordinary rate per night:

$ 210 USD

CEMLA corporate rate:

$ 114 USD accommodation only
$ 130 USD accommodation and buffet breakfast


Taxes, Wi-Fi, fitness center

Sheraton Mexico City María Isabel

Av. Paseo de la Reforma 325, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX

(13-minute car trip, 21-minute walk, 1.6 km to CEMLA)

Ordinary rate per night:

According to demand

CEMLA corporate rate:

$ 198 USD


Taxes, Wi-Fi, breakfast buffet, gym

Marriot Reforma

Av. Paseo de la Reforma 276, Juárez, Cuauhtémoc, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX

(15-minute car trip, 17-minute walk, 1.3 km to CEMLA)

Ordinary rate per night:

$ 419 USD

CEMLA corporate rate:

$ 207 USD


Taxes, Wi-Fi in business center, breakfast buffet, gym


Visit Mexico

Mexico City is a unique visitor destination offering a wide range of attractions combining historic and modern-day life in a vibrant and friendly atmosphere. Take a day to visit the pre-Hispanic ruins of Teotihuacan, or visit the Centro Histórico and marvel at its rich architecture form the Catedral and Plaza del Zócalo to Palacio de Bellas Artes, visit world-class museums, or spend the day at some of the modern-day bustling neighborhoods and enjoy a fine dining experience at some of the world’s top-rated restaurants. For more information visit: Official Mexico City Visitors' Guide | Guía oficial para turistas de la CDMX Mexico City.


Mexico City offers a wide variety of restaurants most of them located in the tourist areas of Polanco, Roma and Condesa near the Conference Venue.

Sightseeing/Day trips

If you are planning to stay an extra day or two in Mexico City, we recommend taking a day to visit the Centro Histórico, Coyoacán, Reforma Avenue, Colonia Roma, Xochimilco, and Chapultepec.

A day trip to Teotihuacan to see the pyramids can be arranged with the hotel concierge.

Mexico City offers some world class museums including the Anthropology Museum, the Museo Soumaya, and the Interactive Museum of Economics.