Germany – Current Economic Policy Debates International Monetary Fund - Deutsche Bundesbank

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
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
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,
Bruegel

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