April 1, 2017


The Politics and Economics of International Finance Research Group Meeting

Sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs with the generous support of the Andrew Quale, Jr. Fund

Conference Chairs:

Frankel, Jeffrey
James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth, Harvard Kennedy School.

Frieden, Jeffry A. 
Stanfield Professor of International Peace, Department of Government, Harvard University.


Location: Belfer Case Study Room (S020), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

8:20-8:50 AM: Continental Breakfast

8:50-9:00 AM: Welcome

9:00-10:20 AM: Anna Gelpern (Georgetown University Law Center),  ““Sovereign Debt Contracts and Sovereign Debt Policy”   

10:20-10:40 AM: Coffee Break

10:40 AM-12:00 PM: Andrew Rose (Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley), “Endogenous Optimum Currency Areas: Where Do We Stand?”          

12:00-1:00 PM: Lunch

1:00-2:20 PM: Kenneth Scheve (Political Science, Stanford University),"The Political Economy of Taxation"

2:20-2:40 PM: Coffee Break

2:40-4:00 PM: A Dialogue on “Monetary Policy, Emerging Markets, and the IMF”

  • Olivier Blanchard (Peterson Institute for International Economics; former Chief Economist, IMF)
  • Raghuram Rajan (University of Chicago; former Governor, Reserve Bank of India; former Chief Economist, IMF)

4:00-5:30 PM: Panel on “Liquidity in the U.S. and Global Financial System: Risks and Vulnerabilities”

  • Tobias Adrian (Director, Monetary and Capital Markets, and Counselor to the Managing Director, IMF)
  • Brian Leach (former head of franchise risk and strategy at Citigroup)
  • Zoltan Pozsar (Director of U.S. Economics, Credit Suisse)

Background Materials:



See also: April 1, 2017