19 - 20 October 2015 / Leuven - Belgium / HIVA Research Institute for Work and Society KU Leuven

For the fifth time the ‘Welfare State and Housing’ research group of the Catholic University of Leuven organises a European conference on the state of the welfare state in the EU. This 2 day conference assesses the impact of the increasing European economic integration on the national welfare states.
Former President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, will give his view on the evolution of the last five years. In the afternoon of the first day, the Flemish Minister of Social Policy, Health and Family, Jo Vandeurzen, will outline the challenge for the coming five years of the development of a Flemish Social Protection scheme. Experts from 26 of the 28 EU Member States will then describe how the economic developments of the last five years and the increased European integration have influenced the welfare state in their country. The conference is a unique opportunity to learn first-hand 26 national developments from a comparative perspective.

5 - 5 November 2015 / Zurich / SUERF - The European Money and Finance Forum / Liberales Institut / University of Zurich

Over millennia, mankind has used hard cash in various forms ranging from shells to gold coins and paper. More recently, cash has become unpopular in political circles, as it effectively restricts states’ power to tax (explicitly or via negative interest rates) or to survey and potentially control their citizens. Several states have enacted restrictions to the use of hard cash. Above all, a strong new competitor to cash has arisen in the form of various electronic means of payment. Are we heading towards a society in which “coined freedom” (Dostojewski) will cease to exist?

5 - 6 November 2015 / Paris / ENSAE ParisTech and UC Berkeley

This Franco-American event focuses on big data, data science and their applications to industries ranging from technology, retail, education, science, and government.
In addition to plenary sessions (Zynga , Microsoft, Google, Dataiku, , Axa, Morgan Stanley…) this conference plans the following parallel sessions:

- Two sessions with an academic orientation: « machine learning » and « econometrics »
- Two sessions focusing on startups : « data & connected objects » and « data & smart city »
- Two thematic sessions: « finance » and « digital marketing »

The workshop on the economics of big data will focus on the application of big-data methods in the areas of industrial organization and internet markets. Speakers include Susan Athey, Pierre Dubois, Ali Hortacsu, Randall Lewis, Philipp Schmidt-Dengler, Matt Shum, Neel Sundaresan and Steve Tadelis.

12 - 13 November 2015 / Washington, D.C. / The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

The conference aims to bring together academic and central bank economists, financial market practitioners and policy makers to stimulate debate and research on this important topic. Both theoretical and empirical papers are invited on frameworks, channels and instruments pertaining to the implementation and transmission of U.S. and foreign monetary policy since the end of the global financial crisis.

Topics of interest:

New dynamics in money, currency and fixed income markets
Optimal monetary policy frameworks and tools at negative interest rates, near zero rates, or in the longer run
New perspectives on monetary policy transmission channels
Financial stability and monetary policy near or above the zero lower bound
The implications of regulatory reform on monetary policy transmission and financial intermediation
Rethinking policy target rates and other financial benchmark rates
The role of global banks in international propagation of monetary policy shocks

25 - 27 November 2015 / Geneva, Switzerland / Council on Economic Policies

CEP invites academics and practitioners to submit an extended abstract until August 15, 2015 to trade@cepweb.org. Further information is at the link below.

Programme Committee

  • Ejaz Ghani, Lead Economist at The World Bank
  • Marion Jansen, Chief Economist at International Trade Centre
  • Sebastien Miroudot, Trade Policy Analyst at the OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate
  • Sebastian Saez, Senior Trade Economist at The World Bank
  • Pierre Sauvé, Director of External Programmes and Academic Partnerships at the WTI
  • Johannes Schwarzer, Trade Policy Fellow at CEP

17 - 19 December 2015 / Università Politecnica delle Marche P.zzale Martelli, 8 - 60128 Ancona / Unversità Politecnica delle Marche

The Department of Economic and Social Sciences of UnivPM is organizing a 3 day International Conference with a focus on the comparison of the causes and the consequences of the Great Crisis of 1929 and the 2008 Great Recession, and on what we can learn from them in order to overcome large scale crises. The aim of the International Conference is to examine in depth both the 1929 and the current crises from different analytical and empirical perspectives, although contributions may extend to other relevant recessions in the industrial age.

Keynote speakers:
• Youssef Cassis (European University Institute, Fiesole)
• Michele Fratianni (Indiana University, Bloomington - UnivPM, Ancona)
• Bruce C. Greenwald (Columbia University, New York)
• Harold James (Princeton University)
• Alan Kirman (Université Aix-Marseille)
• Richard C. Koo (Nomura Research Institute, Tokyo)
• Willi Semmler (New School University, New York)
• Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia University, New York)

24 - 24 June 2016 / Lisbon / UECE - Research Unit on Complexity and Economics, ISEG, University of Lisbon

UECE (Research Unit on Complexity and Economics) and ISEG are organising the 5th UECE Conference on Economic and Financial Adjustments. In this context we invite submissions addressing notably the following issues: economic and financial adjustments; economic imbalances; country issues; challenges to monetary policy and fiscal policies.

Keynote speakers: 
Clemens Fuest (Centre for European Economic Research - ZEW)