Economic Research Institute, Department of Economics and Department of Tourism, Faculty of Economics, Universidad Nacional de La Plata

The National University of La Plata
The Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP), founded in 1905 by Dr. Joaquín Victor González, arises from the confluence of two fundamental concepts. On the one hand, the traditional interpretation of the term “university” as a natural area of ​​knowledge. On the other hand, the updated idea of scientific understanding of different experimental, social and artistic expressions.
With over a century of experience, the UNLP is a pioneer in studies and in cultural, artistic and scientific advanced developments. Its academic excellence and prestige have contributed to rankings that position it as amongst the most important universities in the country, in the American continent and in the world. Teaching, research and extension set the cornerstones of this University.
Nowadays, the UNLP has 17 faculties. The academic offer of the UNLP includes 111 undergraduate degrees and 170 graduate ones plus 500 graduate courses. There are approximately 110,000 undergraduate and 22,000 graduate students. The permanent staff of the UNLP is composed of about 12,000 graduate and undergraduate teachers and 3,000 non–teaching staff.
The University also has 154 institutes, centers and/or research and development laboratories where 6,000 researchers carry out their activities.
It has a Museum of Natural Sciences (and a network of 12 thematic museums), an Astronomical Observatory, a Planetarium, a Public Library (and a network of 21 libraries), a publishing, an AM–FM radio, and an Institute of Physics Education with a sports field.

The Faculty of Economics
The most direct precedent of the current Faculty of Economic Sciences of the Universidad Nacional de La Plata is the School of Economics, officially established at the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences of the Universidad Nacional de La Plata in July 2nd, 1948. The knowledge of economic sciences consolidated here in December 17th, 1953, when the School of Economics, through an executive decree, became the Faculty of Economic Sciences.
At present, the Faculty of Economics has a great academic trajectory spanning over 60 years. It seeks to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate studies, as well as in activities related to research, extension and transfer of knowledge. Currently it records an annual average of 2,500 entrants for undergraduate in four headquarters of the University around the province of Buenos Aires (La Plata, Saladillo, Bolivar and Tres Arroyos). Graduate courses incorporate approximately 100 students per year.

The Department of Economics and the Department of Tourism
The Department of Economics was created in 1953 and has been exercising a recognized intellectual leadership at a national level and in Latin America in the field of teaching, research and public policy. This reputation has been strengthened in the last 15 years with the consolidation of a team of professors and researchers with excellent academic background. In particular, the Department has more than 20 teachers with doctoral degrees, most of them graduates of major universities in the United States and Europe. In turn, a large and enthusiastic group of young economists graduated from the UNLP itself (and from other Argentine and foreign institutions) contributes to the Department’s activities. The Bachelor in Economics receives each year 200 students and, on average, there are 50 graduates per year.
The Department of Tourism, created in 1999, has developed from its beginnings an academic program of excellence, with the creation of the Bachelor in Tourism in the year 2000.
The aforementioned two areas –economics and tourism– have a close connection. The Bachelor in Tourism of the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the UNLP is distinguished precisely for being oriented to disciplines related with economic sciences. Students obtain a professional profile adapted to the requirements of a market that demands human resources and management skills to plan and analyse problems associated with tourism and socio–economic activities. Also, the Bachelor in Economics provides skilled professionals in academia capable of working in an interdisciplinary way. All of this enriches the study of the economics of tourism from our institution, which is reflected in scientific conferences, publications and research projects that promote the study of tourism from an economic perspective.

Local organising committee
The local organising committe is chaired by:

  • Dr. Natalia Porto (Economic Research Institute, Department of Economics and Department of Tourism)

and is composed by:

  • Mg. Pablo Montero (Department of Tourism)
  • Mg. Ana Clara Rucci (Tourism Research Institute)
  • Lic. Carolina Inés Garcia (Economic Research Institute)
  • Lic. Azul Balbiani (Department of Tourism)
  • Lic. Agustina Romero (Economic Research Institute)
  • Mr. Iván Albina (Economic Research Institute)
  • Miss Manuela Cerimelo (Economic Research Institute)


IATE scientific committee
The Scientific Committee is composed by the members of the IATE Executive Board.

Dr. Natalia Porto – Scientific information
Lic. Carolina Inés Garcia – Organizational information and support