CIGI is a co-sponsor for the 17th World Congress of the International Economics Association, which is hosted by the Columbia Global Center of the Middle East, in the Dead Sea, Jordan. The Congress features the work and findings of leading scholars in economics and related fields, and provides an excellent forum to present research.

CIGI experts will be involved in the following sessions:

  • CIGI and IDRC Panel: The Future of Development Thought
    Saturday, June 7, 2014, 09:00 - 10:30, Room Mount Nebo Hall 1
    Ravi Kanbur of Cornell University chairs discussants: Armando Barrientos, University of Manchester; Albert Berry, Munk School of International Affairs, University of Toronto; Homi Kharas, Brookings Institute; CIGI President Rohinton Medhora; Jose Antonio Ocampo, Columbia University; Shahid Yusuf, The Growth Dialogue, George Washington University; and Arindam DasGupta, Goa Institute of Management.
    This panel will trace the history of how thinking on economics has evolved over the past sixty years. Since the Second World War, the problems facing poor countries, and the solutions proposed to address them, have changed in response to new waves of thinking, competing schools of thoughts, and the mixed results of applying these ideas to real-life experience. Specifically, this panel presents a brief comparative history of thinking on trade, foreign aid, growth, social protection, and inclusion, and the prospects going forward for each of these as a means of achieving development. Each of the presenters will build on their contributions to the edited volume International Development: Ideas, Experience and Prospects to be released by Oxford University Press in spring 2014.
  • CIGI Session: Reforming The International Financial Architecture To Support Longer Term Policies
    Monday, June 9, 2014, 12:30 - 14:00, Dead Sea Hall 1 and 2
    CIGI President Rohinton Medhora
    chairs panellists: Nicholas Stern, London School of Economics; Joseph E. Stiglitz, Columbia University; Amar Bhattacharya, G24; and Jim Boughton, CIGI Senior Fellow.
    Economic growth and development depend on a well-functioning system of international finance. If the flow of international financial capital into emerging markets and other developing countries is inadequate or is volatile and unpredictable, then these countries will face a risk of recurring crises. That risk in turn will stunt growth and may force many countries to turn inward and lose the benefits of international trade and commerce. This panel will examine ways that policy makers, in advanced and developing countries, can address the shortcomings of the current system or find better ways to adapt to it.

  • Failure to Communicate? Central Bank Guidance in Good Times and in Bad
    Monday, June 9, 2014, 15:45 - 17:15
    Room Al-Haranah Hall 3
    Chaired by Domenico Massaro, University of Amsterdam
    CIGI Senior Fellow Pierre Siklos
    presents his paper proposing a different approach to evaluate how well central banks communicate and the significance of policy rate decisions.

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