CEPR Celebrates 35 Years

Thursday, January 10, 2019

On Thursday January 10, CEPR started the celebrations of its 35th anniversary with a panel meeting in Brussels, bringing together great minds to reflect on 35 years of economics in Europe and the role CEPR has played and should play in the challenges ahead. 

Find more details of the January 10th event here

There will be further events to come as we open more European offices

CEPR President, Beatrice Weder di Mauro says:

"For more than 35 years, CEPR has played a key role in establishing the scientific excellence and policy relevance of economics in Europe and beyond.

We are a community of over 1300 top researchers. Each year we sponsor more than 80 academic conferences and workshops all over the world, and we own the globally leading platform for disseminating quality economic research and policy publications. On CEPR's policy portal, VoxEU.org, we have an audience of over 3 million views per year.

CEPR has a mandate to engage in policy. It has a series of renowned products that are at the leading edge of economic policy debates; in particular, the Geneva Reports, the Policy Insights series, eBooks, and VoxEU columns.

We are constantly growing. In 2018, we published 870 CEPR Discussion Papers, up from 800 in 2017, and our network and influence grows ever lrger.  In January 2019 we will open our first regional office in Brussels.

CEPR is the premier European and global Thinknet."

Classic Papers from CEPR 'Heroes'

Marking 35 years of CEPR, we are choosing classic Discussion Papers by selected members who have been key contributors to our growth and success and offering them as FREE downloads. 

CEPR Heroes are founding fathers of CEPR. They have dedicated a significant part of their professional life and service to make CEPR into the leading network of excellence in economic research and policy.


Richard Portes

Richard Portes is Professor of Economics at London Business School and Founder and Honorary President of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). He was inaugural holder (2014-17) of the Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa Chair at the European University Institute (part-time), and Co-Chair of the Board (1985-2017) of Economic Policy, of which he was a co-Founder. He is an elected Fellow of the Econometric Society and of the British Academy. He is a member of the General Board of the European Systemic Risk Board, Chair of the ESRB’s Advisory Scientific Committee, and Co-Chair of the ESRB’s Joint Expert Group on Shadow Banking. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Euro50 Group and of the Bellagio Group on the International Economy. He is an Academic Director of the AQR Asset Management Institute at LBS. Professor Portes was a Rhodes Scholar, then an Official Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford (of which he is now an Honorary Fellow). He holds three honorary doctorates. Professor Portes was decorated CBE in the 2003 New Year’s Honours.

Download Richard's 2004 Discussion Paper, Towards a Lender of First Resort, coauthored with Daniel Cohen


Richard Baldwin

Richard Baldwin is Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva and has been Editor-in-Chief of VoxEU.org since he founded it in 2007.  He was President of CEPR 2016-2018.

He has served as Managing Editor of Economic Policy (2000 to 2005), Policy Director of CEPR (2006-2014) and Programme Director of CEPR’s International Trade programme (1991 to 2001). Before moving to Switzerland in 1991, he was a Senior Staff Economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisors in the Bush White House (1990-1991).

Richard has been an adviser and Consultant to many international organisations and governments. He did his PhD in economics at MIT with Paul Krugman and has published a half dozen articles with him. Before that he earned an MSc at LSE (1980-81), and a BA at UW-Madison (1976-1980). The author of numerous books and articles, his research interests include international trade, WTO, globalisation, regionalism, global value chains, and European integration

Download Richard's 2000 Discussion Paper, EU Reforms for Tomorrow's Europe, coauthored with F. Giavazzi, E Berglof, and M Widgren



Charlie Bean

Charlie Bean is Professor of Economics at the LSE. From 2000 to 2014, he served at the Bank of England as, successively, Executive Director and Chief Economist, and then Deputy Governor for Monetary Policy, in which capacity he was a member of the Monetary Policy and Financial Policy Committees. Before joining the Bank, he was a member of faculty at LSE and was Managing Editor of the Review of Economic Studies; he has also worked at HM Treasury. He was President of the Royal Economic Society from 2013 to 2015 and was knighted in 2014 for services to monetary policy and central banking. He holds a PhD from MIT.

Download Charlie's 1992 Discussion Paper Economic and Monetary Union in Europe



Mathias Dewatripont

Mathias Dewatripont holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard. He has been a Professor at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) since 1990 (part-time between 2011 and 2017, when he was Executive Director of the National Bank of Belgium (NBB), and its Vice-Governor between June 2014 and March 2015). 
1991-2001: Co-director of ECARES, which is now part of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics. 2005-2012: founding Member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council. 
As Executive Director of NBB, he served as Member of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank. 
Laureate of the 1998 Francqui Prize and in  2003 was awarded the Jahnsson Medal. In 2005, he was President of European Economic Association. He is a Member of the Académie Royale de Belgique and Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Download Mathias's 1991 Discussion Paper, The Virtues of Gradualism and Legitimacy in the Transition to a Market Economy, co-authored with Gérard Roland.



Barry Eichengreen

Barry Eichengreen is the George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 1987. He is a CEPR Research Fellow, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the convener of the Bellagio Group of academics and economic officials. In 1997-1998, he was Senior Policy Advisor at the International Monetary Fund. He was awarded the Economic History Association's Jonathan R.T. Hughes Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2002 and the University of California at Berkeley Social Science Division's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2004. He is also the recipient of a doctor honoris causa from the American University in Paris. His research interests are broad-ranging, and include exchange rates and capital flows, the gold standard and the Great Depression; European economics, Asian integration and development with a focus on exchange rates and financial markets, the impact of China on the international economic and financial system, and IMF policy, past, present and future.

Download Barry's 2008 Discussion Paper The Economic Impact of European Integration co-authored with A Boltho



Francesco Giavazzi

Francesco Giavazzi is Professor of Economics at Bocconi University, where he was Deputy-Rector in 2001-03. He is a CEPR Research Fellow and a Research Associate of NBER. From 1992 to 1994 he was a Director General of the Italian Treasury responsible for debt management and privatisations, and a member of the Council of Economic Advisers to the Italian prime minister (1998-99). He graduated in electrical engineering from the Politecnico of Milan in 1972 and obtained a PhD in economics from MIT in 1978.

Download Francesco's 2010 Discussion Paper, Why the current account may matter in a monetary union: Lessons from the financial crisis in the Euro area, coauthored with Luigi Spaventa


André Sapir

André Sapir is Professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Senior Fellow of Bruegel and Research Fellow of CEPR. He was visiting fellow at the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO. He worked 12 years at the European Commission, first as Economic Advisor to the Director-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN), and then as Principal Economic Advisor to President Prodi. He has written extensively on European integration, international trade, and globalisation. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Download André's 2006 Discussion Paper, Fiscal Policy in Europe: The Past and Future of EMU Rules from the Perspective of Musgrave and Buchanancoauthored with Marco Buti


Charles Wyplosz

Charles Wyplosz is Emeritus Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, where he was Director of the International Centre for Money and Banking Studies. 

A CEPR Research Fellow and previous Director of the International Macroeconomics Programme, Charles was the Centre's Policy Director from 2014-2018. He has been associated with CEPR for 30 years, as a Research Fellow, a Programme Director of the International Macroeconomics programme, and as one of the founding Managing Editors of Economic Policy. In addition to his academic research and two well-known textbooks, he is active in ongoing policy debates and policy advising.
He has had an enormous input into European economic policymaking over recent decades. In July 2017 Charles became CEPR’s Co-Chair of the Board of the journal Economic Policy.

Download Charles's 2002 Discussion Paper, Fiscal Policy: Institutions versus Rules