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Bruegel is a European think tank that specialises in economics. Established in 2005, it is independent and non-doctrinal. Bruegel’s mission is to improve the quality of economic policy with open and fact-based research, analysis and debate. We are committed to impartiality, openness and excellence. Bruegel’s membership includes EU Member State governments, international corporations and institutions.

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LECTURE – GOOD ECONOMICS FOR HARDER TIMES

We closed the Bruegel Annual Meetings with a lecture by Esther Duflo. She draw on some arguments from her and Abhijit Banerjee’s 2019 book “Good economics for hard times” showing their relevance in the current crisis. She also strikes a hopeful note by arguing that today’s crisis can present opportunities for the future.

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AFRICA AFTER COVID-19: CAN THE ECONOMY RECOVER?

Sub-Saharan Africa, home to over 1 billion people, has so far defied predictions of a devastating Covid-19 epidemic. Though the official number of infections is hugely undercounted, experts agree that the region’s death toll is among the world’s lowest, probably on account of the Continent’s very young population. However, the economic impact of the collapse …

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ASSESSING EUROPEAN AND INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SYSTEMS

This session discusses the state of the European and international financial systems in times of Covid-19, US-China confrontation, and other current developments, including implications for financial stability. Chair: Nicolas Veron, Senior Fellow, Bruegel Elena Carletti, Professor of Finance, Bocconi University Benoît Cœuré, Head of Innovation Hub, Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Alexandra Dimitrijevic, Global Head …

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A NEW SURGE IN INEQUALITY IN THE AFTERMATH OF COVID-19

Research reveals that earlier epidemics have raised income and health inequality, especially when they coincided with economic contractions. Low-skilled workers could be especially hard hit economically due to their vulnerable employment situation, but they are also more susceptible to health problems because lower-income people have higher rates of chronic illness. To combat the COVID-19 pandemic …

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REOPENING: EXPERIENCES ACROSS EUROPE OF THE LOCKDOWN AND THE OPENING

In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic led to the closure of several borders across the European Union, halting the free circulation of citizens 35 years after the Schengen treaty. During June, 2020, they started to reopen, albeit since then free travel is still intermittent due to the recrudescence of the pandemic. Between the 12th and the …

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DEBT RESTRUCTURING: DEALING WITH THE DEBT OVERHANG IN EMERGING ECONOMIES

Chair: Alicia Garcia-Herrero, Senior Fellow, Bruegel Anna Gelpern, Professor of Law and Agnes N. Williams Research Professor, Georgetown University Law Center Isabelle Mateos y Lago, Managing Director, Deputy Head of Official Institutions Group, Blackrock Atif Mian, John H. Laporte, Jr. Class of 1967 Professor in Public Policy and Finance; Professor of Economics and Public Affairs; …

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THE INTERCONNECTEDNESS BETWEEN ECONOMICS AND GEOPOLITICS

Chair: Jean Pisani Ferry, Senior Fellow, Bruegel Piotr Arak, Director, Polish Economic Institute Dominique Moïsi, Visiting Research Professor, King’s College London and Special Advisor, Institut Montaigne Nathalie Tocci, Director, Istituto Affari Internazionali Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO, New America Alexander Stubb, Director of the School of Transnational Governance, EUI

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EU DIGITAL STRATEGY AT A TIME OF GEOPOLITICAL STRESS

In this session a panel of experts discusses the EU’s digital strategy in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the volatile geopolitical situation. Europe aims to be a leader in digital technologies. Is there a tension between the necessary investments in digitalisation and the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis or could they be a …

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BUILDING AN INCLUSIVE FUTURE FOR WORKERS IN EUROPE

Technological development, and in particular, digitalisation, has major implications for labour markets and the nature of work itself. There is a rise in alternative types of work that today’s European welfare states have not yet had the chance to adapt to. The transformation of the way we work is only likely to speed up because …

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GREENING THE RECOVERY

The rationale for a green recovery is clear: the disruption caused by COVID-19 offers an opportunity to build a new eco-friendly system, for the benefit of current and future generations. But pursuing a green recovery might not be as straightforward as one might think. Trade-offs must be weighed between the need to provide a short-term …

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EQUITY, CORPORATE DEBT, AND EUROPE’S CAPITAL MARKETS

The COVID-19 pandemic will leave states and private agents with higher debts. What will this new higher debt overhang mean for growth in the future? What is the role of equity in helping growth given indebtedness? And what must be done next in the European Union, to redress some of the debt bias in its …

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LECTURE: THE FUTURE OF GLOBALISATION

In this lecture Dani Rodrik argues that the model of hyperglobalization we have been pursuing is unsustainable and that we have an opportunity to embark on a sounder, healthier globalisation. He outlines his views on what such a globalisation might look like. Chair: André Sapir, Senior fellow, Bruegel Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International …

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THE GREEN DEAL: EUROPE’S GROWTH STRATEGY

Executive European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans keynote speech at the Bruegel Annual Meetings 2020 focuses on the Green Deal as Europe’s new growth strategy and roadmap out of the Covid-19 crisis. Next to shaping the first concrete steps of Europe’s green recovery, the autumn of 2020 will also mark big moments on our way to …

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MONETARY POLICY AFTER THE PANDEMIC

This special session marks the end of Jean-Claude Trichet’s mandate as chair of Bruegel. The session will give an opportunity for a conversation between Jean-Claude Trichet and other leaders that have shaped monetary policy in the past decade. They will look at the past, the present and how monetary policy is likely to develop in …

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WORLD ECONOMY AFTER COVID-19: PREPARING FOR RECOVERY AND GROWTH

The Bruegel Annual Meetings will open with Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister of Singapore, who will speak on the lasting economic and social challenges following the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the role of the state and design of policies has to evolve in response. He will also touch on the international actions that are critically needed …

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