Thursday 28 April 2022

From Covid to conflict

New economic policy challenges for an uncertain world

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The worst of the Covid-19 pandemic may be behind us. But new challenges have emerged. From rising inflation squeezing incomes across the world, to the biggest conflict in Europe since WWII, the economic landscape facing policy makers is as daunting as ever.

How should policy makers seek to tame surging inflation? Is the answer the same across advanced economies? What does the conflict in Ukraine mean for the global economy today and the future of globalisation tomorrow? And what does the new post-pandemic context mean for addressing the equally important, if less immediate, challenges of weak productivity growth?

The Resolution Foundation and the Money, Macro and Finance Society are co-hosting a new series of events to dive into the big economic challenges we face as we recover from the pandemic and come to terms with the new world we now face. Internationally renowned economists and policymakers will discuss those challenges – from the state of multilateral policy making to the new challenges for fiscal and monetary policy makers.

The series will kick off with an event on Thursday 28th April assessing the state of multilateral economic policy making in the wake of Brexit, the pandemic and the Ukraine conflict. Have lessons been learned from the global co-ordination around the financial crisis and the roll out of Covid-19 vaccines, or has the rise of populism fragmented the world order? We will hear from Adam Posen, President of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and former MPC member at the Bank of England. He will be joined by Katharine Neiss, Chief European Economist at PGIM Fixed Income, and former Head of International Surveillance at the Bank of England.

On Monday 9th May, the series will continue with an event focused on the challenges facing monetary policy makers as they seek to tame high inflation without causing a recession. We will hear from Michael Saunders, external member of the Monetary Policy Committee and Petra Geraats, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge. The event will be chaired by Rachana Shanbhogue, Finance and Economics Editor for The Economist.

All events will be open for people to physically attend, with all speaker appearing in-person, and will also be broadcast via YouTube and the Resolution Foundation website. Viewers and attendees will be able to submit questions to the panel before and during the event via Slido.

Webinar details

Together we stand, divided we fall? Is multilateral policy making equipped for the global economic challenges we face?

28 April, 2-3.15pm

  • Chair: Lord Willetts, President of the Resolution Foundation.
  • Speakers: Adam Posen, Chair of the Peterson Institute and Katharine Neiss, Chief European Economist at PGIM Fixed Income. Register here.

Taking the right path: Where does monetary policy go in a low rate, high inflation, unstable economic environment?

9 May, 2-3.15pm

  • Chair: Rachana Shanbhogue, Finance and Economics Editor of The Economist.
  • Speakers: Michael Saunders, external member of the Monetary Policy Committee and Petra Geraats, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge. Register here.