Berlin Recap

The 83rd International Atlantic Economic Conference held in Berlin, Germany, March 22-25, 2017 brought together economists and finance experts from all around the world to discuss the economic issues of the past, present and future. This year’s conference featured an amazing group of presenters, including Dr. Nicholas Crafts who gave the 2017 Robert A. Mundell Distinguished Address and Dr. Iain Begg who addressed the upcoming challenges of Brexit. If you attended the conference or you are curious about what you missed follow the links below to view photos taken throughout the conference  and videos of the highlighted events. Special thanks to all who attended!

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Highlights Included:

Nicholas Crafts, 2017 Robert A. Mundell Distinguished Address:

“Is Slow Economic Growth the ‘New Normal’ for Europe?”

Nicholas Crafts is Professor of Economics and Economic History and Director of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Research Centre on Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick. Dr. Crafts holds a First Class Honors Degree in Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge University. Professor Crafts has produced a substantial body of research for academic journals, the British government and international institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. He received the Tjalling C. Koopmans Asset Award in 2012, and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2014.


“The Macroeconomics and Political Economy of Brexit” Plenary Symposium:

Chair and Organizer: Ansgar Belke

“EU and European disintegration: A House of Horrors”

Michael Burda is Professor of Economics at Humboldt University of Berlin. Since 1993 he has served as Director of the Institute of Economic Theory II at Humboldt University and since 2007 as visiting professor at the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT). His research centers on macroeconomics and the economics of labor markets. In 1998, he received the Gossen Prize of the German Social Policy Association. Professor Burda is also a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London and the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn.


“After Brexit: ‘Europe à la carte’?”

Michael Wohlgemuth is Director of Open Europe Berlin and Professor of International Governance in the Law and Economics Department at the University of Bayreuth. He is also managing Research Associate at the Walter Eucken Institute in Freiburg and Research Associate at the Center for European Studies in Brussels. His major fields of research are new institutional economics, economic theory of politics, economic systems theory, evolutionary economics, social and legal philosophy, and history of ideas.


“Unscrambling Scrambled Eggs: Why the Brexit negotiations will be long and difficult” (no slides)

enderleinHenrik Enderlein is Founding Director of the Jacques Delors Institute and Professor of Political Economy and Associate Dean at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. He is a member of the independent board to the German fiscal council (“Stabilitätsrat”) and Co-Editor of the Handbook of Multi-Level Governance. He was previously the Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Duke University’s Political Science Department and economist at the European Central Bank. His research focuses on economic policymaking, European monetary integration, fiscal federalism, financial markets and financial crises.


Iain Begg, Invited Address:

“Making Sense of the Costs and Benefits of Brexit: Challenges for Economists”

Iain Begg is Professional Research Fellow at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, Associate Fellow at Chatham House, and Senior Fellow on the UK in a Changing Europe initiative. His main research concerns the political economy of European integration and EU economic governance. He has undertaken a number of advisory roles, including being a member of a groupe de prospective on the future of cohesion policy, and acting as an expert witness and specialist adviser on EU issues for the House of Commons Treasury Committee, the House of Lords European Communities Committee and the European Parliament.


“International Monetary Reform” Plenary Symposium:

“Paths to international monetary stability”

Organizer and Chair: Robert Z. Aliber is Professor Emeritus of International Economics and Finance at the University of Chicago. He has consulted for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and testified before Congress. He has written extensively about currency pricing shock, exchange rates, financial crises, and international banking relationships. He is probably best known for predicting the Icelandic financial crisis several years before it occurred.


“A critical shortage of safe assets: A new Triffin dilemma?”

Robert McCauley is Senior Advisor, Monetary and Economics Department of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), in Basel. He previously was serving as chief economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York interagency committee of bank supervisors that rates country risk. His publications include international comparisons of capital costs, foreign bank lending to US corporations and the unprofitability of foreign direct investment in the US.


“Links among asset price inflation, good price inflation, and irrational expectations”

Brendan Brown is Head of Economic Research at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International and an associate scholar at the Mises Institute. He is a monetary economist specializing in the Austrian School, European monetary integration, and the global flow of capital and has written several books on contemporary finance and financial history. Dr. Brown has also developed unique tools for market analysis including insights from behavioral finance. 



“Nordic lessons from three exchange rate regimes”

Gylfi Zoëga is University of Iceland Fellow and Senior Lecturer, Birkbeck College University of London. His area of specialization is macroeconomics and labor economics. Among his numerous articles, several are co-authored with Nobel laureate Edmund Phelps, in particular a book on structural slumps. He has been an active contributor to economic policy debates in Iceland.



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