Lima ‘2023
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February 27th till March10th, 2023
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Since 2016, Lima School of Economics (LimaSE) and Vancouver School of Economics (VSE) organize the Lima Summer School in Economics. We are pleased to announce our 7th Summer School, a unique and inspiring academic experience, it offers advanced short courses covering state-of-the-art topics in applied microeconomics. We will offer three in-person mini courses and one online mini course.

The Summer School courses are taught by professors from VSE as well as by associate members of LimaSE who are leading researchers in their areas of specialization.

Our 2023 Lima Summer School is a great opportunity for postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students in Latin America and all around the globe to interact with and learn from a world-class faculty. It also offers recent graduates and practitioners in economics the opportunity to develop and strengthen their areas of expertise.

Expand your career horizons, explore the topics that shape your world, get inspired… Learn from the best.


Patrick Francois, Director Vancouver School of Economics

The Vancouver School of Economics (VSE) is pleased to once again partner with the Lima School of Economics for the upcoming 2022 Lima Summer School. The VSE is fortunate to have a strong connection to the Lima School and our professors are delighted to have the opportunity to teach some of the strongest students from South America through the school again. This year, Professor Vadim Marmer will teach a mini-course on machine learning in economics as part of the Lima Summer School. We are very excited to be part of what will be a great opportunity for students and young professional economists to learn about of state-of-the-art research in economics, enhance their career prospects, and prepare them for further studies. We hope that you will join us in Lima in 2023.

Marcos Agurto, Director Lima School of Economics

We are pleased to announce the seventh edition of the Lima Summer School in Economics, in collaboration with the Vancouver School of Economics (British Columbia, Canada). This summer school offers short courses to professionals interested in sharpening their skills with recent developments in empirical and theoretical methods in economics. Vadim Marmer, from VSE-UBC, will teach a course on Machine Learning for Economics, Sebastian Tello-Trillo from the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia will teach a comprehensive course on Differences and Differences, Susana Carrillo from George Mason University will teach an advanced course on the emerging challenges for inclusive and sustainable development while Jorge Catepillán from our own LimaSE will teach an online course on Advance Math for Economists. These rigorous courses are open to participants from leading universities in Peru, Latin-America, and the rest of the world. The Summer School is committed to offer these courses in a vibrant and stimulating atmosphere, allowing participants to gather with like-minded professionals in one of the most dynamic cities in South America. We encourage you to apply and we look forward to seeing you in Lima!

February 28th – March 3rd, 2023

Machine Learning for Economics

Modality: In person

While traditional machine learning (ML) methods have been developed for prediction problems, in economics we are typically interested in estimation of structural or causal relationships. In this mini course, we will focus on Lasso-based ML methods such as Double/Post-Lasso that were recently developed specifically for the purpose of inference on structural or causal parameters. We will discuss the need for ML methods in empirical work in economics, the statistical properties of Lasso-based methods, and their applications.

Dr. Vadim Marmer

Dr. Marmer is the Director of the Graduate Program at Vancouver School of Economics.

He received his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He worked at the Bank of Israel and taught as an instructor at the Hebrew University before continuing to PhD studies at Yale University in New Haven, USA. He received his PhD in Economics from Yale in 2005.

His main area of research is econometrics, where he has been working on the issues of misspecification, identification, statistical inference for auctions, and nonlinear and non-stationary time series. He has published several scholarly papers including seven papers in Journal of Econometrics, which is a leading scholarly journal in econometrics.

March 6th – March 9th, 2023

Difference in Differences: foundations and new methodology

Modality: In person

This course will cover the foundations of Difference in Differences and its recent developments from a theoretical and practical approach. The Empirical analysis will be performed in STATA. We will Review event-studies and the new methodology on two-way-fixed-effects (Bacon, Sant’anna and Callaway, Sun and Abrahamam, etc.).

Sebastian Tello-Trillo

Dr. Sebastian Tello-Trillo is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia. He is a Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and an Associate Member of Lima School of Economics. Dr. Tello-Trillo obtained his PhD in Economics from Vanderbilt University and his BA in Pure Mathematics and Economics from Florida State University. His research focuses on health economics and applied microeconomics. He is the editor of the bulletin for the American Society for Health Economics ( and a member of EconThaki, and organization focused on reducing the academic career information barriers and help Latin-American students (in particular in Peru) to apply and obtain admission into PhD programs in Economics. He hosts a podcast on economics and productivity with Alex Hollingsworth, called “The Hidden Curriculum”.

February 27th to March 3rd, 2023

Emerging Challenges for Inclusive and Sustainable Development

Modality: Online

Global challenges driven by pandemics, wars, migration, and the rapidly unfolding climate crisis require rethinking the approach for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and developing interventions for building more equal and inclusive societies. During the course we will cover topics related to the implementation of sustainable projects (economic, financial, environmental, institutional, and societal) and how ESG (environmental, social and governance) principles are influencing business and private sector behavior. We will touch on emerging approaches for both the private sector and governments to address growing challenges. Be prepared to learn new concepts and participate in group discussions.

Susana Carrillo

Susana is a global consultant with more than 20 years of experience working with global organizations on economic-social development and governance (ESG). She worked with the World Bank, The United Nations Development Program as a Chief of Program and Senior Specialist. She managed large policy reform operations, multi-sector programs, fundraising, knowledge, and education initiatives. She was a Senior Adviser for the learning area (SENAI) of the National Confederation of Industries in Brazil and an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University.

She obtained a BA in International Relations and Latin American Studies from George Mason University (Virginia); a MA in Social and Economic Development from the Graduate School of International and Development Studies- HEID, Geneva (Switzerland), and a Global MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (Boston, Massachusetts). She completed course work at the Graduate School of Economics, Birmingham University (United Kingdom) a joint executive degree from the Cheng Kuong Graduate School of Business (Beijing), the Indian Institute of Management and Fundação Dom Cabral Graduate School of Business (Brazil); a certificate on “Promoting Sustainable Investments” from the Moller Institute, Churchill College, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom).

March 10th – March 17th, 2023

Advanced Mathematics for Economists

Modality: Online

At some point in their career, most economists use some results of economic theory. However, it is not common for econ majors to be familiar with the mathematical tools behind them. This might become a challenge when evaluating and understanding the validity of these results, even for applied economists. In this course, we want to provide students with some of the mathematics needed to understand the most important results in modern economics. To do that, we will learn the basics of set theory, real analysis, and linear algebra. Then, we will cover their most useful results. And finally, we will discuss some of their most important economic applications.

Dr. Jorge Catepillán

Dr. Catepillán is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Universidad de Piura and a member of Lima School of Economics.

In 2018, Dr. Catepillán obtained his PhD in Economics from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois. He received his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and his master degree in Economics (Summa cum laude) from Universidad de Chile.

Dr. Catepillán has taught Real Analysis for Economists at the PhD level at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He has also been a consultant for the World Bank and the Chilean Ministry of Education.

The 2023 Lima Summer School in Economics will take place at the Lima Campus of Universidad de Piura (UDEP), from February 27th till March 10th 2023.

UDEP Lima Campus is located at Calle Mártir José Olaya 196, in the Miraflores District.

Courses will be held on afternoons according to the following schedule:

Program fees as a function of the total number of courses in which the participant registers:

Course Name Modality Total hours Investment per course
Machine Learning for Economics In person 12 US$ 500
Difference in Differences: New Methods and Applications In person 12 US$ 500
Emerging Challenges for Inclusive and Sustainable Development In person 10 US$ 350
Advanced Mathematics for Economists Online 12 US$ 250


A 10%, 20% and 30% discount will be given to those individuals who register in 1, 2 or 3+ courses respectively by January 23rd, 2023.

UDEP alumni and participants of the previous Summer School editions are also eligible for an additional 5% discount.

Corporative discounts are also available for those institutions interested in registering at least 5 participants. For more information about our institutional discounts, please contact us at Corporate discounts cannot be combined with individual ones.

Payment instructions will be provided to admitted candidates by the Summer School Admissions Office.

At the conclusion of the Summer School, participants will receive a certificate indicating the courses and the number of total hours attended.


Application for the 2023 Lima Summer School in Economics begins on January 2nd, 2023.

The deadline to apply is February 10th, 2023. Please take into consideration that courses capacity is limited, and some courses may close way before this deadline.

To apply for the Summer School, prospective students should fill and submit the following online registration form. Candidates will be informed of their acceptance decision on a rolling basis.

Payment instructions will be provided to those admitted into the program.

Online Registration Form

LimaSE Summer Scholarship

Expand your career horizons, explore the topics that shape your world, get inspired… Learn from the best.

LimaSE will award a limited number of Full and Partial Scholarships to a selected group of candidates for the 2023 Lima Summer School in Economics.

In addition to filling the Online Registration Form, individuals interested in being considered for the Summer Scholarship must also submit scanned copies of the following documentation before January 14th, 2023 to the email address

  • One letter of recommendation
  • A simple copy of academic transcripts
  • A simple copy of the Curriculum Vitae

Scholarships will be awarded on a merit basis, and the Award Committee decisions will be based on the information provided by the candidates in their application documents.

Only those who apply to two or more in person courses will be considered for the LimaSE Summer Scholarship.

The Summer Scholarship only covers the tuition costs and doesn´t include travel or accommodation expenses. Participants from outside Lima should make their own arrangements in order to cover these costs.

We invite you to watch the following videos to know more about the previous LimaSE-VSE Summer School editions. And we hope that you will join us in Lima for the 2023 Summer School!

In this video, Dr. David Green (PhD Standford), Professor at Vancouver School of Economics-UBC, talks about his experience teaching an 2020 LimaSE- VSE Summer School. Also, Sandra Buzinsky, from Canada, talks about her learning experience in Lima at our Summer School.

Our international students from Colombia and Argentina, share their experience at our Lima Summer School. Also Dr. Alejandro Arrieta, comments on the course on Economic Evaluation Methods in Health he taught during the 2020 summer school.