Top Economics Think Tanks and Research Institutes in Latin America

Top Economics Think Tanks and Research Institutes in Latin America

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In the field of economics, many students want to eventually work in a think tank or research institution. That's why we're compiling lists of the best institutions around the world, and today we're looking at Latin America.

1. Centro de Investigaci贸n y Docencia Econ贸micas (CIDE)

M茅xico, Mexico

The CIDE is a social sciences research institution which offers funding and promotes development of future social leaders, with a focus on economic, political, and social issues. They perform work in six academic divisions: public administration, economics, international studies, legal studies, political studies, and history.

2. Grupo de An谩lisis para el Desarrollo (GRADE)

Lima, Peru

The Group for the Analysis of Development seeks to develop applied research to improve public policy, especially with regard to the development of Peru and other Latin American countries. They perform research in the areas of economics, education, the environment, and social studies.

3. Centro de Estudios P煤blicos

Santiago, Chile

This think tank based in Chile works on the study of public issues and the dissemination of these findings to the public and to decision makers. They have published papers on topics including the relationship between economic policy and the military, the importance of the environment in developmental work, and effective policies for improving the quality of education in schools.

4. Fundaci贸n para la Educaci贸n Superior y el Desarrollo (Fedesarrollo)


The Foundation for Higher Education and Development (Fedesarrollo) works in Columbia to perform research into public policy issues, in order to promote economic and social development within the country. This covers topics such as the baking system, the benefits of renewable energy technologies, and the efficacy of health care programs.

Find below a list of further economics think tanks in Latin America, as provided by RePEc.


  • Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Argentino (CENDA) (Center for the Study of Argentinean Development), Buenos Aires
  • Centro de Implementaci贸n de Pol铆ticas P煤blicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC) (Center for the Implementation of Public Policies promoting Equity and Growth), Buenos Aires
  • Centro de Investigaci贸n y Formaci贸n de la Rep煤blica Argentina (CIFRA) (Center for Research and Studies of the Republic of Argentina), Buenos Aires
  • Centro de Investigaci贸n y Acci贸n Social (CIAS) (Center for Social Research and Action), Buenos Aires
  • Fundaci贸n Capital (Capital Foundation), Buenos Aires
  • Fundaci贸n de Investigaciones Econ贸micas Latinoamericanas (FIEL) (Foundation for Economic Research on Latin America), Buenos Aires
  • Fundaci贸n Friedrich A. von Hayek (Friedrich A. von Hayek Foundation), Buenos Aires
  • Fundaci贸n Norte y Sur (Noth and South Foundation), Buenos Aires
  • Fundaci贸n Siena (Siena Foundation), Buenos Aires
  • Grupo Sophia (Sophia Group), Buenos Aires
  • Instituto de Estudios de las Finanzas P煤blicas Argentinas (IEFPA) (Institute for Argentine Public Finance Studies), Buenos Aires
  • Instituto de Estudios sobre la Realidad Argentina y Latinoamericana (IERAL) (Institute for the Study of the Argentine and Latinamerican Reality), C贸rdoba
  • Instituto Torcuato di Tella (ITDT) (Torcuato di Tella Institute), Buenos Aires
  • Libertad y Progreso (Liberty and Progress), Buenos Aires


  • Fundaci贸n Milenio (Milenio Foundation), La Paz
  • Grupo Nacional de Trabajo para la Participaci贸n (GNTP) (National Work Group on Participation), Santa Cruz


  • Transparencia Brasil (Transparency Brazil), Sao Paulo


  • Centro de Estudios P煤blicos (Center for Public Studies), Santiago
  • Corporaci贸n de Estudios para Latinoam茅rica (CIEPLAN) (Corporation for the Study of Latin America), Santiago
  • Estudios Nueva Econom铆a (ENE) (New Economy Studies), Santiago
  • Fundaci贸 SOL (SOL Foundation), Santiago
  • Instituto Libertad (Liberty Institute), Santiago
  • Libertad y Desarrollo (Liberty and Development), Santiago


  • Fundaci贸n para la Educaci贸n Superior y el Desarrollo (Fedesarrollo) (Foundation for Higher Education and Development)

Costa Rica

  • Academia de Centroam茅rica (Academy of Central-America), San Jos茅


  • Corporaci贸n de Estudios para el Desarrollo (CORDES) (Corporation for the Study of Development), Quito

El Salvador

  • Fundaci贸n Salvadore帽a para el Desarrollo Econ贸mico y Social (FUSADES) (Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development), La Libertad


  • Asociaci贸n de Investagaci贸n y Estudios Sociales (ASIES) (Social Research and Studies Association), Ciudad de Guatemala
  • Instituto Centroamericano de Estudios Fiscales (ICEFI) (Central American Institute for Fiscal Studies), Ciudad de Guatemala


  • Centro de Estudios Espinosa Yglesias (CEEY) (Espinosa Yglesias Study Center), M茅xico
  • Centro de Investigaci贸n Econ贸mica y Presupuestaria (CIEP) (Center for Economic and Fiscal Research), M茅xico
  • Centro de Investigaci贸n y Docencia Econ贸micas (CIDE) (Center for Research and Teaching of Economics), M茅xico
  • Fundaci贸n BBVA Bancomer (BBVA Bancomer Foundation), M茅xico


  • Fundaci贸n Nicarag眉ense para el Desarrollo Econ贸mico y Social (FUNIDES) (Nicaraguayan Foundation for Economic and Social Development), Managua
  • Fundacion Internacional para el Desafio Economico Global (FIDEG) (International Foundation Global Economic Challenge)


  • Instituto Desarrollo (Development Institute), Asunci贸n


  • Grupo de An谩lisis para el Desarrollo (GRADE) (Group for the Analysis of Development), Lima
  • Instituto de Econom铆a de Libre Mercado (IELM) (Institute of Free Market Economics)
  • Instituto de Estudios Sociales del R铆mac (IESR) (Rimac Institute for Social Studies), Pueblo Libre/Lima
  • Instituto de Libre Empresa (ILE) (Free Enterprise Institute), Lima
  • Instituto Libertad y Democracia (ILD) (Institute for Liberty and Democracy), Lima


  • Centro de Divulgaci贸n del Conocimiento Econ贸mico (CEDICE) (Center for Education on Economic Knowledge), Caracas
  • Instituto Libertad y Prosperidad, Caracas


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