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Annual Research Conference 2019 - Economic challenges of the 2020s

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At DG ECFIN's Annual Research Conference held on 15 November, about 100 participants from research and policy-making circles discussed the theme: "Economic challenges of the 2020s".

  • economic policy
  • Friday 15 November 2019, 09:15 - 17:45 (CET)
  • Brussels, Belgium


  1. 15 Nov 2019, 09:15 - 09:30 (CET)

    Welcome and introduction to the conference

    Paolo Gentiloni (Commissioner-designate)

  2. 09:30 - 11:00 (CET)

    Distinguished ECFIN Lecture

    Paul Collier (Oxford)The Future of CapitalismGeneral discussion

  3. 11:00 - 11:30 (CET)

    Coffee break

  4. 11:30 - 13:00 (CET)

    Session I: Market structures and income distribution

    Pure rents and the profit share, market power concentration, rates of return, inequality of income and wealth, skills/digital divide, institutions and regulations

    Chair: Mary Veronica Tovsak Pleterski (DG ECFIN)Lead speaker: Thomas Philippon (New York)Discussion panel: Carlo Altomonte (Bocconi), Chiara Criscuolo (OECD), Jens Suedekum (DICE)  

  5. 13:00 - 14:00 (CET)

    Lunch break

  6. 14:00 - 15:30 (CET)

    Session II: Future-proofing fiscal policies

    Demographics, productivity and investment, safe assets, public investment needs and the costs of debt, Musgrave+ assignments in going grey, green and digital

    Chair: Declan Costello (DG ECFIN)Lead speaker: Olivier Blanchard (PIIE, Washington)Discussion panel: Roel Beetsma (Amsterdam), Margit Schratzenstaller (Vienna), Volker Wieland (Frankfurt)

  7. 15:30 - 16:00 (CET)

    Coffee break

  8. 16:30 - 17:30 (CET)

    Panel: Europe’s role in a changing global economy

    The future of multilateralism in the world economy, reshuffling of economic gravity centres, competition and taxation issues, role of the euro, EU homework assignments 

    Chair: Marco Buti, DG ECFINPanellists: Laurence Boone (OECD), Philip Lane (ECB), Klaus Regling(ESM), Beatrice Weder di Mauro (CEPR)

    General discussion

  9. 17:30 - 17:45 (CET)

    Close of conference

Practical information

Friday 15 November 2019, 09:15 - 17:45 (CET)
Charlemagne Building
Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi 170, 1000 Brussels, Belgium