Lisbon Recap

The 81st International Atlantic Economic Conference held in Lisbon, Portugal, March 16-19, 2016 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. Cormac Ó Gráda who gave the 2016 Robert A. Mundell Distinguished Address. 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!

  • Please click HERE to view the Lisbon web program.
  • Please click HERE to view the Lisbon conference photos.

Highlights Included:

Joel Mokyr, Presidential Address:

Joel Mokyr is the Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Economics and History at Northwestern University and a Raymond and Beverly Sackler Senior Professor by special appointment at Tel Aviv University’s Eitan Berglas School of Economics. He is and expert on economic history of Europe, specializing in 1750-1914. He has served as editor in chief of the book series, Economic History of the Western World. Currently, his research focuses on understanding the economic roots of technological progress, the growth of useful knowledge in European societies, and the impact that industrialization and economic progress have had on economic welfare. He is an American Academy of Arts and Science Fellow and a foreign Fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Science.



Cormac Ó Gráda, 2016 Robert A. Mundell Address:

Cormac Ó Gráda is Professor Emeritus of Economics at University College Dublin. His best-known books include Ireland: A New Economic History (Oxford, 1994) Jewish Ireland in the Age of Joyce: a Socioeconomic History (Princeton, 2006), and Famine: A Short History (Princeton, 2009). His latest, Eating People is Wrong and Other Essays on the History and Future of Famine (Princeton, 2015), is also about the global history of famine. He is past editor of the European Review of Economic History. In 2016 he is being made a fellow of the Cliometric Society and in 2010 the Royal Irish Academy honored him with their Gold Medal, which is bestowed on those who have made a demonstrable and internationally recognized outstanding scholarly contribution to their field.


“International Monetary Reform All Over Again” Plenary Symposium:

Chair and Organizer: Robert Z. Aliber is Professor Emertius 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 crises several years before it occurred.



Gylfi Zoëga is University of Iceland Fellow and Senior Lecturer with the Birkbeck College at the University of London. His area of specialization is macroeconomics and labor economics. Among his numerous articles are several 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.




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




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




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