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European Economic Policy Forum


This forum convenes leading academics, senior experts and policy makers to analyze current and emerging European economic policy issues and effective responses. The aim is to facilitate and deepen understanding of European and Eurozone economies and to generate ideas for confronting European economic policy challenges.


Sigmar Gabriel, Vice Chancellor of Germany, spoke to students at CES on October 23, 2014 as part of the European Economic Policy Forum.

The European Central Bank’s Mandate: Providing for Affordable Cost of Living in Europe European Economic Policy Forum — The European Central Bank’s Mandate: Providing for Affordable Cost of Living in Europe
October 17, 2022
3:00pm - 4:30pm
  • Joachim Nagel – President, Deutsche Bundesbank; Member, Governing Council of the European Central Bank
  • Benjamin Friedman – William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy, Harvard University
  • Chair Hans-Helmut Kotz – Visiting Professor of Economics & Resident Faculty, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University; Member of the Executive Board, German Bundesbank (2002-2012)
Putin's War and the "German" Economic Model European Economic Policy Forum — Putin's War and the "German" Economic Model
May 3, 2022
12:00pm - 1:15pm
  • Jérôme Creel – Research Director, Observatoire Français des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE), Sciences Po; Associate Professor of Economics, ESCP Business School, Paris
  • Dalia Marin – Professor of International Economics, TUM School of Management, Technical University of Munich
  • Dirk Schumacher – Head of European macro research & Managing Director, Natixis Germany; Managing Director (1999-2016), Goldman Sachs
  • Chair Hans-Helmut Kotz – Visiting Professor of Economics & Resident Faculty, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University; Member of the Executive Board, German Bundesbank (2002-2012)
The Impact of Russian Sanctions European Economic Policy Forum & Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies — The Impact of Russian Sanctions
March 8, 2022
11:00am - 12:00pm
  • Sergey Aleksashenko – Member of the Board, Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom and the Free Russia Foundation
  • Hans-Helmut Kotz – Visiting Professor of Economics & Resident Faculty, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University; Member of the Executive Board, German Bundesbank (2002-2012)
  • Adam Smith – Partner, Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, LLP; Senior Advisor to the Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), United States Department of Treasury;, Director for Multilateral Affairs, National Security Council (2010-2015)
  • Moderated by Alexandra Vacroux – Executive Director, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
A European Journey Through Two Crises European Economic Policy Forum — A European Journey Through Two Crises
December 6, 2021
1:00pm - 2:15pm
  • Marco Buti – Head of Cabinet of Commissioner of Economy Paolo Gentiloni, European Commission; Director-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (2008-2019), European Commission
  • Jeffry Frieden – Chair of the Department of Government and Stanfield Professor of International Peace, Harvard University
  • Gertrude Tumpel-Gugerell – Associate, Austrian Institute of Economic Research; Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank (2003-2011)
  • Chair Hans-Helmut Kotz – Visiting Professor of Economics & Resident Faculty, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University; Member of the Executive Board, German Bundesbank (2002-2012)
Resilient Societies European Economic Policy Forum — Resilient Societies
November 16, 2021
12:30pm - 1:45pm
  • Markus Brunnermeier – Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Economics & Director of the Bendheim Center for Finance, Princeton University
  • Mekala Krishnan – Partner, McKinsey Global Institute
  • Sofia A. Perez – Associate Professor of Political Science, Boston University; Local Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Chair Hans-Helmut Kotz – Visiting Professor of Economics & Resident Faculty, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University; Member of the Executive Board, German Bundesbank (2002-2012)
Fiscal Policy in the European Union: Are New Rules Needed? European Economic Policy Forum — Fiscal Policy in the European Union: Are New Rules Needed?
May 12, 2021
12:30pm - 1:45pm
  • Laurence Boone – Chief Economist, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Elena Carletti – Full Professor of Finance, Bocconi University
  • Tuomas Saarenheimo – President, Eurogroup Working Group
  • Chair Hans-Helmut Kotz – Visiting Professor of Economics & Resident Faculty, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University; Member of the Executive Board, German Bundesbank (2002-2012)
The New Italian Government: A Last Chance for Italy and Europe? European Economic Policy Forum — The New Italian Government: A Last Chance for Italy and Europe?
April 20, 2021
12:15pm - 1:30pm
  • Francesco Giavazzi – Senior Professor of Economics, Università Bocconi
  • Thomas Mayer – Founding Director, Flossbach von Storch Research Institute; Honorary Professor, University of Witten-Herdecke
  • Lucrezia Reichlin – Full Professor of Economics, London Business School
  • Chair Dante Roscini – Professor of Management Practice of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Faculty Associate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Lessons from Europe's Financial Assistance to Greece European Economic Policy Forum — Lessons from Europe's Financial Assistance to Greece
November 18, 2020
12:15pm - 1:15pm
  • Joaquín Almunia – Independent High-Level Evaluator, European Stability Mechanism (ESM); European Commissioner for Competition (2010-2014)
  • Miranda Xafa – Senior Fellow, Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI); Member of the Executive Board, International Monetary Fund (2004-2009)
  • Chair Hans-Helmut Kotz – CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University
What’s the EU for? Thinking about EU-level Public Goods in a Post-COVID World European Economic Policy Forum — What’s the EU for? Thinking about EU-level Public Goods in a Post-COVID World
November 12, 2020
12:15pm - 1:30pm
  • Marco Buti – Head of Cabinet, European Commissioner for Economic Affairs and Taxation
  • Vivien A. Schmidt – Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Boston University; Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Daniela Schwarzer – Pierre Keller Visiting Professor of Public Policy & Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School; Executive Director for Europe and Eurasia, Open Society Foundations
  • Chair Hans-Helmut Kotz – CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University
CANCELLED - The European Central Bank Between the Financial Crisis and Populisms European Economic Policy Forum — CANCELLED - The European Central Bank Between the Financial Crisis and Populisms
March 25, 2020
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Sebastian Diessner – Max Weber Fellow, European University Institute
  • Corrado Macchiarelli – Principal Economist, UK National Institute of Economic and Social Research; Visiting Scholar 2018-2019, CES, Harvard University
  • Claudia Wiesner – Professor of Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair, Fulda University of Applied Sciences; Visiting Scholar 2018-2019, CES, Harvard University
  • Sofia A. Perez – Associate Professor of Political Science, Boston University; Local Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Sir Paul Tucker – Chair, The Systemic Risk Council; Deputy Governor, The Bank of England (2009-2013); Senior Fellow, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University; Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Hans-Helmut Kotz – Visiting Professor of Economics & Resident Faculty, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University; Member of the Executive Board, German Bundesbank (2002-2012)
  • Chair Peter A. Hall – Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies, Harvard University; Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Initiative for Europe: Two Years Since Macron's Sorbonne Address European Economic Policy Forum — Initiative for Europe: Two Years Since Macron's Sorbonne Address
October 30, 2019
12:30pm - 2:00pm
  • Carsten Brzeski – Chief German Economist, ING Bank; John F. Kennedy Memorial Policy Fellow 2019, CES, Harvard University
  • Michaela Wiegel – Correspondent, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  • Chair Peter A. Hall – Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies & CES Resident Faculty, Harvard Faculty
The Euro at 20: What's Still Needed to Thrive in a Changing Global Landscape? European Economic Policy Forum — The Euro at 20: What's Still Needed to Thrive in a Changing Global Landscape?
October 30, 2018
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Marco Buti – Head of Cabinet of Commissioner of Economy Paolo Gentiloni, European Commission; Director-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (2008-2019), European Commission
  • Chair Hans-Helmut Kotz – Visiting Professor of Economics & Resident Faculty, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University; Member of the Executive Board, German Bundesbank (2002-2012)
Unelected Power: A Book Presentation and Discussion with Sir Paul Tucker Worldwide Week at Harvard | European Economic Policy Forum — Unelected Power: A Book Presentation and Discussion with Sir Paul Tucker
October 24, 2018
3:30pm - 5:00pm
  • Sir Paul Tucker – Chair, The Systemic Risk Council; Deputy Governor, The Bank of England (2009-2013); Senior Fellow, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University; Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Alberto Alesina – Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy, Harvard University; Faculty Associate, CES, Harvard University
  • Eric Beerbohm – Professor of Government, Harvard University
  • Kathleen McNamara – Professor of Government and Foreign Service, Georgetown University
  • Daphna Renan – Assistant Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Chair and Discussant Lawrence H. Summers – Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University; President Emeritus, Harvard University
Workshop: E.U.-U.S.A. – A shriveling Wertegemeinschaft? European Economic Policy Forum — Workshop: E.U.-U.S.A. – A shriveling Wertegemeinschaft?
October 15, 2018
12:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Chair Hans-Helmut Kotz – Visiting Professor of Economics & Resident Faculty, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University; Member of the Executive Board, German Bundesbank (2002-2012) and Dante Roscini – Professor of Management Practice of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Faculty Associate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
An Attempt to Explain the German Approach to the Greek and Euro Crises Obsessed with Austerity? — An Attempt to Explain the German Approach to the Greek and Euro Crises
October 21, 2015
2:15pm - 4:00pm
  • Philipp Steinberg – Head of Economic Policy, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany; John F. Kennedy Memorial Policy Fellow 2015-2016, CES, Harvard University
  • Chair Hans-Helmut Kotz – Visiting Professor of Economics & Resident Faculty, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University; Member of the Executive Board, German Bundesbank (2002-2012)
Big Data’s Challenges and Opportunities for Labor Big Data’s Challenges and Opportunities for Labor
October 14, 2015
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Jörg Asmussen – Permanent State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of Germany
  • Chair Hans-Helmut Kotz – Visiting Professor of Economics & Resident Faculty, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University; Member of the Executive Board, German Bundesbank (2002-2012)
Currency Politics – European Style Currency Politics – European Style
April 1, 2015
4:15pm - 5:45pm
  • Alberto Alesina – Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy, Harvard University; Faculty Associate, CES, Harvard University
  • Hans-Helmut Kotz – Visiting Professor of Economics & Resident Faculty, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University; Member of the Executive Board, German Bundesbank (2002-2012)
  • Jeffry Frieden – Chair of the Department of Government and Stanfield Professor of International Peace, Harvard University
  • Richard Cooper – Maurits C. Boas Professor of International Economics, Department of Economics, Harvard University
  • Jeffrey Frankel – James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth, Harvard Kennedy School
Inflated Threats: The Eurozone Crisis and the Challenges Going Forward Inflated Threats: The Eurozone Crisis and the Challenges Going Forward
November 17, 2014
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Wolfgang Münchau – Associate Editor, The Financial Times; John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow 2014, CES, Harvard University
A Transatlantic Agenda for Sustainable Progress: A lecture by Sigmar Gabriel, Vice Chancellor & Minister for Economic Affairs, Federal Republic of Germany A Transatlantic Agenda for Sustainable Progress: A lecture by Sigmar Gabriel, Vice Chancellor & Minister for Economic Affairs, Federal Republic of Germany
October 23, 2014
12:00pm - 1:15pm
  • Sigmar Gabriel – Chairman, Atlantik-Brücke; Member of the Bundestag & Vice Chancellor (2013-2018), Federal Republic of Germany; Senior Fellow, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University; John F. Kennedy Memorial Policy Fellow (2018), Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Preventing Europe's Next Debt Crisis: Europe’s New Financial Script Book Preventing Europe's Next Debt Crisis: Europe’s New Financial Script Book
September 24, 2014
12:15pm - 1:45pm
  • Thomas Wieser – President, Euro Working Group and Economic and Financial Committee, Council of the European Union
Europe's Monetary Union: Making It Prosperous and Resilient Europe's Monetary Union: Making It Prosperous and Resilient
November 25, 2013
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Jens Weidmann – President, Deutsche Bundesbank; Member of the Governing Council, European Central Bank (ECB)
  • Chair Benjamin Friedman – William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy, Harvard University

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