34th Annual Congress of the European Economic Association
72nd European Meeting of the Econometric Society

EEA Media Briefings 2019 can be found here.



Monday, August 26, 12:30 - 14:00

The Deaton Review: Inequalities in the 21st Century Challenges for Economics and for Policy

Room: University Place, Theatre A

Panel Presentations and Open Discussion

Chair: James Banks (IFS and Manchester)
Richard Blundell (IFS and UCL), Inequality, Redistribution and the Labour Market
Penny Goldberg (Yale and Chief Economist, World Bank), The Unequal Effects of Globalisation
Tim Besley (LSE), Inequality: Some Political Economy Issues
Orazio Attanasio (UCL and IFS), Inequality and Human Development: a Two Way Link.

The session follows the recent launch of the IFS Deaton Review.
The panel will discuss recent changes in inequalities and the challenges for economics and for policy. The focus will not be only on earnings and incomes but also other dimensions of inequality, including health, well-being and political voice. We will discuss the drivers of recent changes in labour and commodity markets. The panel will also discuss how inequality can affect political changes and how certain political outcomes can affect inequality. Similarly, we will be discussing how inequality affects and is affected by changes in communities, local environment, families and human development.

Organised by ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy at IFS.


Tuesday, August 27, 13:00

Communication, Expectations and Monetary Policy

Room: University Place, Theatre A

Organiser: European Central Bank
Chair: Marcel Fratzscher (DIW)
Speakers: Luis de Guindos (ECB), Silvana Tenreyro (LSE and external member of the Bank of England’s MPC) and Ricardo Reis (LSE)

Communication can help make central banks transparent and thereby contribute to their accountability and to the management of expectations of economic agents. While these roles are generally important, they have become even more relevant in recent times, when central banks needed to explain the rationale and the workings of new policy tools, and when central banks used forward guidance, a tool that relies entirely on communication. This plenary panel session will bring together distinguished policy-makers and academics to discuss issues such as the role of central bank communication in shaping agents' expectations, the effectiveness of forward guidance, and the future of monetary policy communication.


Accounting for the Welfare of Nations: Measuring Productivity and Well-being in the Long Run

Room: University Place, 1.218

Organisers: Local Organising Committee, University of Manchester
Speakers: Stephen Broadberry (University of Oxford), Nicholas Crafts (University of Warwick) and Guido Alfani (Bocconi University, Milan)

While most economists are aware of the work of Angus Maddison, it was often based on informed conjectures at best. But in the last decade, economic historians have made much progress in measuring economic growth (and inequality) over the centuries. As a consequence, we now have a much clearer picture of the process of economic growth in the long run. This plenary panel session will bring together some of the main protagonists of this recent work. to discuss what we have been learning and where this research program is now moving.


Wednesday, August 28, 13:00

The Policy Impacts of Empirical Research

Room: University Place, Theatre A

Organiser: EEA Standing Committee on Research (member Andrea Weber)
Speakers and Presentations: Ghazala Azmat Funding Higher Education, Christian Dustmann, Migration, Politics, and the Media and Claus Thustrup Kreiner, Economics of Taxation: From Research to Policy

How influential is empirical research in economics for policy decisions in Europe? The impressive rise in empirical research in economics is not equally reflected in a more vivid exchange between policy makers and academic researchers. This is unfortunate as a large body of research based on rigorous identification strategies and rich administrative data from national registers provides an important input for evidence based policy making. To motivate the exchange the EEA Standing Committee of Research starts collecting examples of empirical research that have an impact on public policy. To initiate the collection, this lunch session invites leading researchers who report about experiences in the areas of migration, education, and tax policy.


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