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Meetings for the month of September 2020

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29/09/2020 CEPR-VDEV Webinars - 2, Webinar

Organizers: Martina Björkman Nyqvist, Giacomo De Giorgi, Gianmarco León-Ciliotta and Karen Macours
CEPR-VDEV Webinars is an online seminar series, featuring invited speakers in the area of Development Economics. It was set up in the spring semester of 2020 as the VDEV webinar and will now continue joint with CEPR during autumn. It is organized jointly by CEPR, the University of Geneva (UniGe), the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (Barcelona GSE), Paris School of Economics (PSE) and Stockholm School of Economics.


Martina Björkman Nyqvist (Stockholm School of Economics, Misum and CEPR)
Giacomo De Giorgi (IEE/GSEM, University of Geneva and CEPR)
Gianmarco León-Ciliotta (U. Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona GSE, IPEG and CEPR)
Karen Macours (PSE, INRAE and CEPR).


Sessions will take place on Tuesdays at 5pm CEST, 4pm BST, 11am EST, 8am PST, and last for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

The line-up of speakers is as follows:

29th Sept: Edward Miguel (University of California, Berkeley)
13th Oct: Benjamin Olken (MIT and CEPR)
27th Oct: Rohini Pande (Yale and CEPR)
10th Nov: Jakob Svensson (IIES Stockholm University and CEPR)
24th Nov: Andrew Foster (Brown University)
1st Dec: Alessandra Voena (Stanford University and CEPR)
15th Dec: Oriana Bandiera (LSE and CEPR)

30/09/2020 International Macro History Online Seminar Series - 2, Online Seminar
A consortium of 25 universities and institutions in collaboration with CEPR is launching the International Macro History Online Seminar (IMHOS).

The seminars will run from 23 September to 9 December 2020 and take place on-line every Wednesday, 5pm CET (11am EDT, 8am PDT). The seminars will run for 60’ with extra an optional 15’ for further discussion (primarily reserved for graduate students).

The program is as follows: 
• Sep 23: Niall Ferguson, Black Swans, Dragon Kings and Gray Rhinos: The World War of 1914-1918 and the Pandemic of 2020?
• Sep 30: Ali Kabiri, Harold James, John Landon-Lane, David Tuckett, Rickard Nyman, The Role of Sentiment in the Economy of the 1920s
• Oct 07: Neil Cummins, Hidden Wealth
• Oct 14: Marc Flandreau, How Vulture Investors Draft Constitutions: North and Weingast 30 years Later
• Oct 21: Morgan Kelly, Understanding Persistence
• Oct 28: Francesca Trivellato, When Property Rights Are Not Enough: Lessons from Renaissance Florence
• Nov 04: Caroline Fohlin and Stephanie Collet, The Berlin Stock Exchange in the ‘Great Disorder’
• Nov 11: Amanda Gregg, Steven Nafziger, Corporate Finance of Industry in a Developing Economy: Panel Evidence from Imperial Russia
• Nov 18: Erik Bengtsson, Enrico Rubolino, Daniel Waldenstrom, What Determines the Capital Share over the Long Run of History?
• Nov 25: Leandro Prados de la Escosura, Vladimir Rodriguez-Caballero, Growth, war and pandemics: Europe in the very long-run
• Dec 02: Mark Carlson, Sergio Correia, Stephan Luck, The Effects of Banking Competition on Growth and Financial Stability: Evidence from the National Banking Era
• Dec 09: Kris Mitchener, Gary Richardson, Contagion of fear

The papers and sign-up form for Zoom can be found on the seminar website:

The International Macro History Online Seminar is joint initiative of  The Graduate Institute and a consortium of universities and institutions: Banque de FranceCEPRJoint Center for History and Economics, Harvard UniversityHebrew University of JerusalemJudge Business School CambridgeKiel Institute for the World EconomyKing’s College LondonLondon School of EconomicsNYU-Abu DhabiParis School of EconomicsPrinceton UniversityQueen’s University BelfastRutgers UniversitySciences PoSolvay Business SchoolUniversitat de BarcelonaUniversity Carlos III MadridUniversity College LondonUniversity of California, BerkeleyUniversity of GenevaUniversity of MichiganUniversity of PennsylvaniaUniversity of ViennaVienna University of Economics and Business and Yale University.

30/09/2020 EABCN Training School on Continuous-time Methods in Macroeconomics (with applications to heterogeneous agent models), Mannheim

Organizers: Klaus Adam and Eleonora Granziera
General Description

We are pleased to announce details of the latest EABCN Training School; a two-day course entitled "Continuous-time Methods in Macroeconomics (with applications to heterogeneous agent models)". Professor Jesús Fernández-Villaverde and Galo Nuño will teach the course. It is primarily aimed at participants in the Euro Area Business Cycle Network,, but applications will also be considered from doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers,, and economists working in central banks and government institutions outside of the network, as well as commercial organisations (fees are applicable for non-network non-academic organisations).

Course outline

A recent literature has shown that heterogeneous agent (HA) models can be crucial for the understanding of the transmission mechanism of monetary and fiscal policies. So far, a significant barrier to the widespread use of HA models in academic and policy circles, including central banks, has been the complexity in the solution and estimation of this class of models. New analytical and numerical tools, however, have emerged in the last years that greatly simplify this task. Continuous-time methods, in particular, provide important advantages for the analysis of HA models.

This training course introduces the main tools, as well as some recent advances, in continuous-time methods in macroeconomics, with a focus on their application to HA models. This course will provide participants with the necessary background to apply these tools in practice as well as introduce some relevant applications in macro and monetary economics.

The course is divided into five sessions taught over three days.

Session 1. Dynamic programming: the deterministic case. The Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman (HJB) equation and the Hamiltonian. Numerical methods and viscosity solutions. Finite difference method (FDM).

Session 2. Dynamic programming: the stochastic case. Wiener processes and Itô?s lemma. Stochastic calculus. Feynman-Kac formula and the Kolmogorov forward equation. The HJB equation. Boundary conditions. The case of Poisson processes. FDM with stochastic processes. Deep learning for high-dimensional HJB equations.

Session 3. Heterogeneous agent models. The Aiyagari-Bewley-Huggett model. Computation of the stationary equilibrium. Transitional dynamics. Heterogeneous agent new Keynesian (HANK) models.

Session 4. Heterogeneous agent models with aggregate shocks. The problem with aggregate shocks. Perturbation approaches. Bounded rationality: the Krusell-Smith methodology. Analysis of nonlinear aggregate dynamics using machine learning. Estimation of HA models. Application to HA models with a financial sector.

Session 5. Optimal policies with heterogeneous agents. Introduction to the calculus of variations. Constrained-efficient allocation in HA models. Ramsey policies. Optimal monetary policy with heterogeneous agents.

Administrative Information:

The course will take place at University of Mannheim, Germany ( Mannheim can be reached with a 30 minute train ride from Frankfurt airport.
Participants will be invited to make their own arrangements regarding their accommodation and meals. Further information about hotel options will be available to successful applicants.
Candidates who have a CEPR profile should apply by submitting their CV online at by 6pm (UK Time +1 GMT), Thursday 30 April 2020. If you do not currently have a CEPR profile, please create a new one

30/09/2020 CEPR Virtual Industrial Organization Seminar 15 - Online Competition, Newspaper Quality, and Political Accountability: Evidence from the Introduction of Craigslist, Online Seminar

Organizers: Özlem Bedre-Defolie, Emilio Calvano, Daniel Ershov, Chiara Fumagalli, Alessandro Gavazza, Alessandro Iaria, Gerard Llobet and Michelle Sovinsky

We are happy to announce the next paper for the CEPR Virtual IO Seminar (VIOS) series on Wednesday 30th September. Ruben Durante (Universitat Pompeu Fabra and CEPR) will be presenting his work "Online Competition, Newspaper Quality, and Political Accountability: Evidence from the Introduction of Craigslist," joint with Milena Djourelova and Greg Martin. Our upcoming speakers, seminar rules and more can be found on the VIOS website at A recording of the seminar will be posted on the VIOS website.

The seminar will be held on Zoom and you are required to register in advance here:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the seminar.

If you have any questions or wish to no longer receive emails regarding VIOS, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

30/09/2020 CEPR and INSEAD webinars on Fintech and Digital Currencies: Fintech, Financial Inclusion and Competition, Webinar
CEPR and INSEAD are organizing a series of webinars discussing recent technology developments in financial markets. This initiative is part of the activities of the CEPR Policy and Research Network on Fintech and Digital Currencies. The webinars will bring together two speakers to discuss a relevant policy issue. The sessions will be moderated by Antonio Fatás (INSEAD and CEPR) and questions from the audience will be possible.

  • Wednesday 2 September: Topic: Digital Currencies and Payments. Speakers: Christian Catalini (Libra) and Tara Rice (BIS).
  • Tuesday 15 September: Topic: Distributed Ledger Technologies and Financial Markets. Speakers: Hanna Halaburda (NYU Stern) and Raphael Auer (BIS and CEPR).
  • Wednesday 30 September: Topic: Fintech, Financial Inclusion and Competition. Speakers: Thomas Philippon (NYU Stern and CEPR) and Aaron Klein (Brookings).

Each webinar will start at 2PM London time, and last 45 minutes.

Future sessions will be added to the registration page and announced as soon as they are confirmed.

Register on zoom