Economists leaders panel

Economists leaders panel

Economists leaders panel

DATE: 18th of June 2020

TIME: 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM (CEST)


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Will austerity return? Economic policy post-Covid19

Before COVID-19 hit, European economic policy-makers already thought they had a full plate: the economy was slowing as the world economy cooled, but interest rates and inflation were still very low; the scars of the last crises were still visible, for example in the levels of public debt or underemployment; potential growth was low and the economic gains were not shared by all groups in society or regions in Europe; and populations were aging while climate change continued at unsustainable speed. Then came the pandemic.

What are the most important economic challenges facing Europe over the coming decade? What if any lessons can we learn from history about how to (and how not to) address large stocks of public and private debt? Is the European recovery fund the Hamiltonian moment many progressives were hoping for?


a sustainable recovery & just transition agenda

Renewing the parameters of innovative, carbon-neutral, digital and globalised economies that foster welfare, social equity and social mobility


the struggle
for liberal democracy

Rebalancing the responsibilities between the state and society with the aim of empowering civil society, promoting social cohesion and innovating the democratic system


strategies & capacities for progressives to govern

Imagining a narrative for an inclusive vision of the future, winning the public argument and developing strategies for progressives to govern


a progressive case for Europe & new multilateralism

Keeping Europe and its friends close together, whilst shaping values and institutions in times of geopolitical shifts

The Speakers

Chief Economist at the Centre for European Reform
Global Economist and Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School
Professor at Columbia University
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