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International Conference on
Structural Reforms in Advanced Economies
June 16 and 17, 2016


Since the global economic crisis in 2008/2009, economic growth has been disappointingly low and unemployment stubbornly high in most advanced economies. In response to these developments, academic scholars and policy makers around the world have urged govern-ments to implement structural reforms in order to boost economic performance. Though there is general agreement that most countries would benefit from structural reforms, there is much less agreement about the specifics, including the magnitude and timing of their effects, and the drivers of successful implementation of specific reforms in individual countries. Against this backdrop, The German Science Foundation (DFG), the Hertie School of Governance, and the International Monetary Fund are organizing a joint conference on “Structural Reforms in Advanced Economies”.

The conference took place on June 16 and 17, 2016, at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. The program of the conference consisted of academic sessions, policy panels, a keynote lecture, and an evening event with high-level policy makers hosted by the German Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).

Topics of interest include among others:

    • Quantification of the Impact of Reform

    • Short- vs. Long-Term Effects of Reform

    • Product and Labor Market Reform

    • Financial Sector Reform

    • EU Convergence and Reforms

    • Reforms and the Functioning of EMU

    • Distributional Consequences of Reform

    • Timing, Sequencing, and Clustering of Reforms

    • Political Economy of Reform

    Please find the program here.

    Organizers: Romain Duval (International Monetary Fund), Henrik Enderlein (Hertie School of Governance), Tom Krebs (University of Mannheim), Jean Pisany-Ferri (France Strategie), Jeromin Zettelmeyer (German Ministry of Economics and Energy)