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Meetings for the month of February 2020

2020 (entire year)

17/02/2020 The German Council of Economic Experts' Annual Report 2019/20, London

The Centre for Economic Policy Research and Goldman Sachs invite you to a discussion forum on:

The German Council of Economic Experts' Annual Report 2019
"Dealing with Structural Change"

Lars P. Feld (Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg), Christoph M. Schmidt (Chair, GCEE, RWI Essen and CEPR), Isabel Schnabel (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and CEPR), Achim Truger (University of Duisburg-Essen) and Volker Wieland (Goethe University Frankfurt and CEPR)

Presenter: Wolf Heinrich Reuter, Secretary General, German Council Economic Experts

Discussant: Soeren Radde , Executive Director and Senior Economist, Goldman Sachs

For more information about the report and the meeting see here

Venue: Goldman Sachs International, Plumtree Court, 25 Shoe Lane, London, EC4A 4AU

Date and time: Monday 17 February, Registration and refreshments: 8:30 - 9:00, Presentation and Discussion: 9:00 - 10:30

27/02/2020 CEPR-NYUAD Workshop on: ECONOMIC HISTORY, Abu Dhabi

Organizers: Robert C. Allen, Stephen N Broadberry, Jonathan Chapman, Christopher Paik and Melanie Meng Xue
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We invite all researchers with an interest in economic history to submit papers for a conference at New York University Abu Dhabi on 27-29 February 2020. The conference aims to bring together scholars who seek to explain historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences. The emphasis will be on issues of interdisciplinary concern, including the causes and consequences of institutional development, technology and economic growth, trade and globalisation, and global economic divergence. We anticipate a collection of papers that cross subfields and methods.

The conference will take place at New York University Abu Dhabi. Accommodation during the conference will be provided and there is no registration fee. Assistance with travel expenses will be available and will be allocated on the basis of need: if you require assistance with funding to be able to attend, please make a note of this in the submission form. We would be grateful if participants are able to support any costs themselves, as we will then have a larger budget to support junior scholars.


Authors who are CEPR members can upload their submission on If you do not currently have a CEPR profile, please create a new profile here and then click on the registration link above. The deadline for submissions is Friday 13 December 2019.

If you have any difficulties registering for this meeting, please contact Mandy Chan, Senior Events Officer at [email protected] or +44 20 7183 8804.

We will expect accepted participants to submit full papers by Thursday 30 January 2020, so that they can be circulated to all participants.

Scientific Committee:

Robert C. Allen, Stephen Broadberry, Jonathan Chapman, Christopher Paik, Melanie Meng Xue

28/02/2020 Rethinking the European Fiscal Framework, Brussels
Hosted By: European Commission
Organizers: Massimo Bordignon, Jean Pisani-Ferry, Jeromin Zettelmeyer and Roel Beetsma
Organising Committee:

Roel Beetsma (EFB, ACES, University of Amsterdam and CEPR), Massimo Bordignon (EFB and Catholic University of Milan), Jean Pisani-Ferry (Bruegel, Sciences-Po, and Hertie School), Jeromin Zettelmeyer (Peterson Institute for International Economics and CEPR)

The workshop will explore four main themes:

  • The role and design of common European fiscal instruments;
  • The relative roles of market discipline and fiscal rules in incentivizing good fiscal policy;
  • The aims and design of European fiscal rules.
  • The role of national independent fiscal institutions.

The programme committee is seeking theoretical and empirical contributions with an emphasis on policy (design) that help (but need not be limited to) answering the following questions:

1. What, if any, are the welfare and/or stabilization gains of fiscal risk sharing, over and above the benefits of functioning national fiscal stabilizers?

2. How can euro-area fiscal stabilization instruments be designed in a way that does not lead to free riding or moral hazard at the national level?

3. Is there an empirically or theoretically plausible case that euro-area fiscal incentives can be used to overcome reform obstacles at the national level?

4. What, if any, should the functions of a euro-area budget be: stabilization, risk sharing, provision of euro-area public goods (and if so, which?), provision of euro area debt that can be used as safe asset? What size and governance structure would such a budget require?

5. Is there any evidence that markets successfully discipline fiscal policies (e.g. via changes in borrowing costs, or by cutting off reckless governments?)

6. Are there institutional or legal frameworks that might allow successful market discipline while shielding sovereigns from potentially destructive swings in market sentiment?

7. How does the political economy of rules-based and market discipline differ, particularly at a time in the context of rising populism and grievances against "Brussels"?

8. What should be the purpose of euro-area fiscal rules? How does it differ from the purpose of national-level fiscal rules? How, if at all, should the currency union's context affect the aims and design of euro area fiscal rules (for example, positive fiscal spillovers, negative externalities of national fiscal crises, impact on external adjustment and rebalancing between member)? What if any should be the division of labor between euro area and national level fiscal rules, and how can possible inconsistencies be avoided?

9. Should euro area fiscal rules contain an explicit debt anchor; and if so, what is the right anchor? Should it be defined as a fixed share of debt to GDP, or in other ways?

10. Should fiscal rules be amended to make room for public investment - for example, related to climate change mitigation and adaptation? How can the transition to low carbon economies be financed within the fiscal rules?

11. How should euro area fiscal rules be enforced? Should adherence to fiscal rules be a precondition for access to risk-sharing mechanisms?

12. What are the implications of persistently lower real rates for the European fiscal rules? What are the implications of negative real rates for debt targets and the fiscal rules?

13. Should fiscal rules take into account constraints in the exercise of monetary policy (such as the effective lower bounds on policy rates) - and if so, how?

14. Should fiscal rules be replaced with discretionary, but binding fiscal surveillance? If so, what institutional framework/governance structure does this require? What is the role of the national independent fiscal institutions and EU-level surveillance?

Preliminary papers or extended abstracts (about two pages describing aims, methodology, and anticipated results) are requested by Monday 30 September 2019. Successful authors will be notified, with final drafts expected on 31 January 2020. The sponsoring institutions can cover accommodation and travel according to the CEPR Guidelines for presenters and discussants.

Authors who are CEPR members can upload their submission on the following registration link . Please also indicate in your submission whether you would be interested in being a discussant as well. The organisers will select the papers based on originality, analytical rigor, and policy relevance. If you are not a CEPR member, please create a CEPR profile at and then click on the registration link above to make a submission.

If you have any difficulties registering for this meeting, please contact Mandy Chan, Senior Events Officer at [email protected] or +44 20 7183 8804.