Top U.S. and European Policymakers to Speak at Levy Economics Institute Conference in Berlin, Nov. 26-27

Leading European and U.S. Policymakers to Discuss Financial Instability and Its Global Economic Implications at the Levy Economics Institute's Hyman P. Minsky Conference, in Berlin, November 26-27

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BERLIN, Nov. 6, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- From November 26 to 27, the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College will gather top policymakers, economists, and analysts at the Hyman P. Minsky Conference on Financial Instability to gain a better understanding of the causes of financial instability and its implications for the global economy. The conference will address the challenge to global growth affected by the eurozone debt crisis; the impact of the credit crunch on economic and financial markets; the larger implications of government deficits and the debt crisis for U.S., European, and Asian economic policy; and central bank independence and financial reform. Organized by the Levy Economics Institute and ECLA of Bard with support from the Ford Foundation, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, and Deutsche Bank AG, the conference will take place Monday and Tuesday, November 26 to 27, in Frederick Hall, 4th fl., Deutsche Bank AG, Unter den Linden 13–15, Berlin.

Participants include Philip D. Murphy, U.S. Ambassador, Federal Republic of Germany; Steffen Kampeter, parliamentary state secretary, German Ministry of Finance; Lael Brainard*, under secretary for international affairs, U.S. Department of the Treasury;  Mary John Miller*, Treasury under secretary for domestic finance; Vítor Constâncio, vice president, European Central Bank; Peter Praet, chief economist and executive board member, European Central Bank; Richard Fisher, president and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; Dennis Lockhart, president and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Christine M. Cumming, first vice president, Federal Reserve Bank of New York; George Stathakis, member of the Greek Parliament (Syriza) and professor of political economy,University of Crete; Jack Ewing, European economics correspondent, International Herald TribuneBrian Blackstone, European economics correspondent, The Wall Street JournalWolfgang Münchau, associate editor, Financial TimesRobert J. Barbera, chief economist, Mount Lucas Management LP; Andrew Smithers, founder, Smithers & Co.; Frank Veneroso, president, Veneroso Associates, LLC; Michael Greenberger, professor, School of Law, and director, Center for Health and Homeland Security, The University of Maryland; Leonardo Burlamaqui, program officer, Ford Foundation; Dimitri B. Papadimitriou, president, Levy Institute; Jan Kregel, senior scholar, Levy Institute, and professor, Tallinn Technical University; Dimitrios Tsomocos, reader in financial economics, Saïd Business School, and fellow, St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford; Alexandros Vardoulakis, research economist, European Central Bank and Banque de France; Michael Pettis, professor, Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, and senior associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Eckhard Hein, professor, Berlin School of Economics; L. Randall Wray, senior scholar, Levy Institute, and professor, University of Missouri–Kansas City; Éric Tymoigne, research associate, Levy Institute, and professor, Lewis and Clark College; and Jörg Bibow, research associate, Levy Institute, and professor, Skidmore College.

*to be confirmed

The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, founded in 1986 through the generous support of the late Bard College trustee Leon Levy, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public policy research organization. The Institute is independent of any political or other affiliation, and encourages diversity of opinion in the examination of economic policy issues while striving to transform ideological arguments into informed debate.
ECLA of Bard is a liberal arts university offering an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum with a global sensibility. Students come to Berlin from 30 countries in order to study with our international faculty. The curriculum focuses on value studies, in which the norms and ideals we live by, and the scholarly attention they inspire, come together in integrated programs. Small seminars and tutorials encourage lively and thoughtful dialogue.

The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than half a century it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

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