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Meetings for the month of December 2017

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07/12/2017 CEPR-SNB-BoI Conference: Foreign Exchange Market Intervention: Conventional or Unconventional Policy?, Jerusalem
Hosted By: Bank of IsraelSponsored By: Swiss National Bank
Organizers: Edward Offenbacher, Philippe Bacchetta, Petra Gerlach, Olivier Jeanne and Marcel Savioz
Registration is now open.

Participants can view the programme and local logistical information (including accommodation options) here: http://

Participants must register using the online form here - deadline 6pm (UK time), Thursday 9 November 2017:

The conference is sponsored by the CEPR, the Bank of Israel and the Swiss National Bank and will be held in Jerusalem, on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 December 2017.

In addition to the presentation of research papers, the agenda will include a keynote speech presented by Prof. Maurice Obstfeld (IMF, University of California, Berkeley and CEPR) and a policy panel.

We are unable to offer funding towards general participants’ travel / accommodation expenses for this conference.

Conference background:
During the years prior to the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), conventional monetary policy doctrine indicated clearly that the central bank's key policy rate is the sole monetary policy tool to achieve an objective defined on the inflation gap and the output gap with optimal exchange rate policy being a pure float. However, a number of countries, in particular open emerging market economies, did intervene extensively well before the GFC. Since the GFC, many central banks, especially in both developed and emerging market small open economies, intervened actively in forex markets, (almost) always buying foreign currency. Ten years later, with renormalization of monetary policy beginning to become an area of active interest in central banks and academia, the question arises as to whether monetary policy should return to conventional pre-GFC doctrine or whether the experience since the GFC warrants thinking about forex intervention as one element of a new, conventional monetary policy toolbox. Among the many relevant considerations will be the distance between the natural rate of interest and the effective lower bound.

Organising committee:
Philippe Bacchetta (University of Lausanne and CEPR)
Petra Gerlach (Swiss National Bank)
Olivier Jeanne (Johns Hopkins University and CEPR)
Edward Offenbacher (Bank of Israel)
Sigal Ribon (Bank of Israel)
Marcel Savioz (Swiss National Bank)

08/12/2017 German Council of Economic Experts' Annual Report 2017/18, London
Hosted By: UniCredit

The German Council of Economic Experts will hand over its Annual Report 2017/18 to the German government on November 8. Similar to previous years, the report will explain the economic situation on both the national and international level and discuss its developments. Special emphasis will be given to monetary policy, financial markets, and the labour market. Moreover, the report will comprise analyses of public finances in Germany and Europe, as well as international trade.

Volker Wieland holds the Endowed Chair of Monetary Economics at the Institute for Monetary and Financial Stability since March 2012. Since June 2012, he serves as Managing Director of the IMFS. Previously, he was Professor of Monetary Theory and Policy at Goethe University Frankfurt (2000-2012) and a Founding Professor of the IMFS. He obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford. Before joining the Frankfurt faculty in November 2000, he was a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, DC.

Wieland is a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London, a member of the German Council of Economic Experts, a member of the Kronberger Kreis, the Scientific Council of the Market Economy Foundation, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the German Ministry of Finance.

For the academic year of 2008/09, he was awarded the Wim Duisenberg Research Fellowship by the European Central Bank. In 2007/2008 he was a Visiting Professor at the Stanford Center for International Development (SCID). From April 2003 until April 2009 Wieland was Director of the Center for Financial Studies. He has served as a consultant to a number of institutions including, the European Central Bank, the European Commission, the Federal Reserve Board and the Reserve Bank of Finland.

He served as Managing Editor of the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control from 2002 to 2006 and remains on the journal's Advisory Board, as Associate Editor of the European Economic Review (2001-2004), as Member of the Referee Panel of Economic Policy (2004-2006), as Member of the Advisory Council of the Society for Computational Economics (1998-2006) and as Chair of the Research Committee on Monetary Theory and Policy of the German Economic Association.

Dr Andreas Rees is the Chief German Economist at UniCredit based in Frankfurt. His research focus is German and European macroeconomics and politics. Andreas has more than twenty years of work experience at HVB and UniCredit. He holds a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Economics.

Erik F. Nielsen is Group Chief Economist and Global Head of CIB Research at Unicredit Bank. In this role Erik is responsible for forming and communicating the overall macroeconomic and policy views of UniCredit Group.

Prior to joining UniCredit in September 2011, Erik worked for fifteen years as an economist at Goldman Sachs in New York and London, where his most recent role was Chief European Economist overseeing the European and CEE economics teams. Before joining Goldman, he spent ten years in Washington DC working as an economist for the IMF and World Bank in various capacities, including as country economist for Russia and Turkey, and as a debt expert working on sovereign debt workouts around the world.

Erik is one of the most frequently quoted economists in the financial media with regular appearances, including as guest host, on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and other channels.


Spaces are limited, therefore we strongly encourage you to register as early as possible. Please RSVP to Mandy Chan at (Tel: +44 (0) 207 183 8804).

10/12/2017 Institutional Investor Activism and Engagement, Tel-Aviv
With: Bar-Ilan University,Hebrew University of Jerusalem,London Business School,European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)
Organizers: Marco Becht, Julian R Franks, Assaf Hamdani, Beni Lauterbach, Hannes Wagner and Yishay Yafeh
Conference website

10/12/2017 PEDL Annual Conference, London

Organizers: Christopher Woodruff
The Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL) program and the Firms research group of the International Growth Centre (IGC) are organising a 2-day conference at the London School of Economics on 14 and 15 December, 2017, with a theme of Firms, Markets, and Development. Nick Bloom, Adnan Khan, and Chris Woodruff will be the organising committee.

We welcome submissions of papers relevant to the theme for consideration on the programme. Please submit yours (and/or forward this to anyone else for his/her submission) by October 15 to Andrea Ibba ( We will formulate the programme and send out invitations and details shortly thereafter.

12/12/2017 13th joint ECB/CEPR Labour Market Workshop: Labour supply, education, low growth and low wages after the crisis, Frankfurt
Hosted By: European Central Bank
Organizers: Ana Lamo, Luca Onorante, Michele Pellizzari and Diego Rodríguez Palenzuela
The workshop, organised by the European Central Bank and CEPR, will focus on labour supply, education and wages during the recovery, with an emphasis on micro/macro linkages.

The keynote address will be delivered by Enrico Moretti (University of California, Berkeley and CEPR).

Registration for the workshop for general participants is now open. You can register here (deadline 7 December 2017):

Accommodation options are also listed in the registration link. Hotels with rooms on hold for workshop participants are released on 3 December 2017.

You can view the programme and local logistical information here:

Travel and accommodation expenses are not available for general participants however there is workshop attendance fee, and the costs of the dinner on Tuesday 12 December and lunches taken during the workshop are covered by the organisers.

Scientific Committee:
Ana Lamo, ECB
Luca Onorante, ECB
Michele Pellizzari, Geneva School of Economics and Management and CEPR
Diego Rodríguez Palenzuela, ECB

18/12/2017 2nd Zurich Conference on Public Finance in Developing Countries, Zurich
Hosted By: Universitt ZurichSupported By: Georgetown University
Organizers: Nada Eissa, Francois Gerard, Henrik Kleven, Andreas Peichl and Dina Pomeranz
Registration is now open for the 2nd Zurich Conference on Public Finance in Developing Countries. It will take place on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 December 2017 at the University of Zurich, featuring Michael Keen (IMF) as keynote speaker.

The goal of the conference is to bring together leading economists working on public economics in developing countries. The event provides an opportunity for researchers from different universities and countries to discuss their work in a relaxed atmosphere and to develop long-term collaborative relationships.

Conference participation is free, but participants cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. You can find the programme and information on how to register via the conference website:

Nade Eissa (Georgetown University)
Francois Gerard (Columbia University and CEPR)
Henrik Kleven (Princeton University and CEPR)
Andreas Peichl (CESIfo and LMU Munich)
Dina Pomeranz (University of Zurich and CEPR)