International Monetary Fund research director to discuss policy solutions to global economic crisis

Media advisory

November 26, 2012

Waterloo, Canada – November 26, 2012 – Protests over austerity measures have returned to the streets of Europe. Growth is slowing in China. And market fragility continues amid political bickering over the so-called “fiscal cliff” in the United States — it’s enough to have even seasoned observers of the global economy asking “Will the crisis ever end?”

That is the title of a free public lecture by Olivier Blanchard, Director of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Research Department, taking place at the CIGI Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 29. Blanchard will analyze the forces behind the weak recovery of the global economic crisis, discuss what may lie ahead, and the policies needed to strengthen growth and decrease risk.

The event, which is being co-sponsored by The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Balsillie School for International Affairs, is free to the public, open to media coverage and will be live webcast.

Members of the public wishing to attend the event in-person are asked to register in advance at The free, live webcast can be viewed at, starting at 5:30 p.m. on November 29. Registration for the event is nearing capacity. But those wishing to watch in real time may still do so via the free webcast.

Media interested in covering Olivier Blanchard’s public lecture are asked to register in advance by contacting CIGI Communications Specialist Declan Kelly at 519-885-2444, ext. 7356, or [email protected].

WHAT:CIGI Signature Lecture “Will the Crisis Ever End?”

WHEN: Thursday, November 29 at 5:30 – 7 p.m.

WHO: Olivier Blanchard is director of the International Monetary Fund’s Research Department . His work as a macroeconomist spans a wide set of issues, including forces behind the current crisis, the role of monetary policy, post-communist transitions, speculative bubbles, and the nature of the labour market.

MEDIA CONTACT:                                                              
Declan Kelly, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7356, Email: [email protected]

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