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Germany – Current Economic Policy Debates

International Monetary Fund - Deutsche Bundesbank

18.01.2018 09:00 - 16:30
Hilton Frankfurt City Centre
Hochstrasse  4
60313 Frankfurt am Main

The joint conference of the International Monetary Fund and the Deutsche Bundesbank will bring together high-ranking economists and policymakers from Germany and abroad to discuss areas in which the economic policy debate has been particularly intense in recent years. These include developments in wages and inflation, the appropriate fiscal policy stance, Germany’s current account surplus and the post-crisis agenda for the euro area and Germany.

Keynote address
09.00 – 09.15

Jens Weidmann © Manjit Jari Dr Jens Weidmann,
President of the Deutsche Bundesbank

Session 1: Wages and inflation in Germany
09.15 – 10.30

Poul Thomsen Chair:
Poul Thomsen, International Monetary Fund

• Curriculum Vitae

Peter Bofinger © Sachverständigenrat Peter Bofinger,
German Council of Economic Experts

Michael Hüther © Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln e.V. Michael Hüther,
German Economic Institute (IW)

Stephan Kohns © Nils Thies Stephan Kohns,
Deutsche Bundesbank

Lucrezia Reichlin © Luca Bruno Lucrezia Reichlin,
London Business School

Session 2: Fiscal policy: a medium-term view
11.00 – 12.15

Rolf Strauch © European Stability Mechanism Chair:
Rolf Strauch, European Stability Mechanism

• Curriculum Vitae

Manfred Bergmann Manfred Bergmann,
European Commission

Lars Feld © Sachverständigenrat Lars Feld,
German Council of Economic Experts

Daniel Gros © Gleamlight Daniel Gros,
Centre for European Policy Studies

• CV

Ludger Schuknecht © Bundesministerium der Finanzen Ludger Schuknecht,
Federal Ministry of Finance

Session 3: Germany’s current account surplus: a problem to be fixed?
13.45 – 15.00

Jens Ulbrich Chair:
Jens Ulbrich, Deutsche Bundesbank

• Curriculum Vitae

Clemens Fuest © ifo institut Clemens Fuest,
ifo Institute

Maurice Obstfeld © International Monetary Fund Maurice Obstfeld,
International Monetary Fund

Jens Südekum © schmidt-dominé Jens Südekum,
Heinrich Heine University

Guntram Wolff © Miguel Manso Guntram Wolff,

Concluding panel: A post-crisis agenda for the euro area and Germany: which way forward?
15.30 – 16.30

Christine Lagarde © International Monetary Fund Chair:
Christine Lagarde, International Monetary Fund

• Curriculum Vitae

Benoît Cœuré © European Central Bank Benoît Cœuré,
European Central Bank

• CV

Marcel Fratzscher © DIW Berlin/B. Dietl Marcel Fratzscher,
German Institute for Economic Research

• CV

Mario Monti Mario Monti,
Bocconi University

• CV

Christoph Schmidt © Sachverständigenrat Christoph Schmidt,
German Council of Economic Experts

• CV

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