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Annual Research Conference 2019 - Economic challenges of the 2020s

The Annual Research Conference of the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs takes place this year on 15 November in the Charlemagne...

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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
  • -
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Live streaming available


  1. 15 Nov 2019,
    09:15 AM - 09:30 AM CET

    Welcome and introduction to the conference
    Paolo Gentiloni (Commissioner-designate)

  2. 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM CET

    Distinguished ECFIN Lecture
    Paul Collier (Oxford)The Future of CapitalismGeneral discussion

  3. 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM CET

    Coffee break

  4. 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM 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. 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM CET

    Lunch break

  6. 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM 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. 03:30 PM - 04:00 PM CET

    Coffee break

  8. 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM 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. 05:30 PM - 05:45 PM CET

    Close of conference

Practical information

Charlemagne Building
Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi 170, 1000 Brussels, Belgium