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Future of Europe Conference - Day 1

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This conference is organised by the Oxford Martin School; Center on Capitalism and Society of Columbia University; the European Studies Centre; and the Political Economy of Financial Markets Program at St. Antony’s College

The European scene is currently embroiled in a number of dramas. At centre stage is the European Union, and at its core the Eurozone. Both these bold experiments are currently facing immediate challenges. But Europe - a difficult space to define - is more than the EU. It was a cultural giant for centuries and grew to be an economic giant in the run up to World War II. But it has since seen its economic performance and its influence decline. What can Europe do? What does it want?

The conference at the Oxford Martin School on 27 April will explore the long-term economic and social challenges that Europe faces, examining the underlying factors influencing European growth. On 28 April, day 2, discussions will continue at St Antony’s college, with the focus primarily on the immediate challenges of the euro and crisis hit countries, giving greater granularity to the broader questions addressed the previous day.

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11.00 - 12.30        Europe and the World towards 2030

  • Professor Ian Goldin, Oxford Martin School
  • Mr Jean-Luc Schneider, OECD
    Discussants: Mr Wolfgang Munchau, Financial Times and Professor André Sapir, Bruegel

12.30 - 13.30        Lunch break (lunch not supplied)

13.30 – 15.30       Innovation in Europe – Facts, Causes and Consequences

  • FACTS: Professor Raicho Bojilov, École Polytechnique
    Discussant: Professor Eric Bartelsman, University of Amsterdam
  • CAUSES: Professor Gylfi Zoega, University of Iceland; Birbeck College, University of London and Professor Saifedean Ammous, Lebanese American University
  • CONSEQUENCES: Professor Edmund Phelps, Columbia University
    Discussant: Mr David P. Goldman, Asia Times

15.30 – 16.00                      Afternoon break

16.00 – 17.00         Capital Markets, Ageing and Pensions

  • Dr Christian Thimann, AXA
  • Mr Ashok Gupta, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association
    Discussants: Professor John Muellbauer, INET at Oxford and Professor Colin Mayer, Said Business School

17.00 – 18.15         The Future of Europe – round table discussion

  • Mr Peter Jungen, Peter Jungen Holding GmBH
  • Professor Juan Sola, University of Buenos Aires
  • Professor Saskia Sassen, Columbia University
  • Professor Richard Robb, Columbia University
  • Professor Paul Seabright, Toulouse School of Economics
  • Dr Lucas Papademos, Former Prime Minister of Greece

Event Details

27 April 2016 11:00 - 18:00

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Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School

34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets)