Yale hosts conference to debate ideas for promoting economic growth in Greece

August 12, 2019
July 23, 2019. New Haven, Conn.—Yale University is hosting a one-day conference on the future of the Greek economy titled “Towards a New Greek Miracle: Growth Policies for the Decades to Come.” The conference will take place on Friday, September 20, and will be preceded by the annual Stavros Niarchos Foundation Lecture, which will be delivered by Yannis Stournaras, the Governor of the Bank of Greece, on September 19. The event is a joint initiative of Yale’s Hellenic Studies Program, the Department of Economics, and the School of Management. It will convene leading experts on the Greek economy from Greece, other European countries, and the United States, and from both academia and the policy world to debate ideas for promoting economic growth in Greece in the years ahead.
With the recent exit from the fiscal and economic crisis, ten years after the unofficial outbreak of the turmoil, it is an opportune time to discuss the country’s economic prospects. Inspired by the precedent of two decades of miraculous economic growth in the 1950s-60s, the conference will gather leading practitioners and scholars to evaluate the potential of feasible paths toward a new era of significant economic growth and to assess how economic research can help fuel it. Speakers will cover several important aspects of growth such as labor market reforms, export growth, innovation, investment by both domestic and foreign firms, and pension reform with aim of generating specific, concrete, and applicable proposals given the country’s economic fundamentals.

Participants include:

George Chouliarakis Jean Monnet Lecturer in Economic Integration at the University of Manchester and Former Greek Alternate Minister of Finance
Manolis Galenianos Professor of Economics at Royal Holloway, University of London
John Geanakoplos Professor of Economics at Yale University
Tassos Giannitsis President of Hellenic Petroleum, Former Greek Minister of Interior
Pinelopi Goldberg Professor of Economics at Yale University
Stathis Kalyvas Professor of Government, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford
Loukas Karabarbounis Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Minnesota, Senior Research Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Yannis Manuelides Partner at Allen & Overy LLP
Costas Meghir Professor of Economics at Yale University
Georgios Papakonstantinou Economic Advisor, Former Greek Minister for the Environment, Energy, and Climate Change, and Former Greek Minister for Finance
Elias Papaioannou Professor of Economics, Academic Co-Director Wheeler Institute for Business and Development at London Business School
Yannis Stournaras Governor of the Bank of Greece, Former Greek Minister for Finance
Athanasios C. Thanopoulos President of Hellenic Statistical Authority
Margarita Tsoutsoura Professor of Management and Family Business, Academic Director of the John and Dyan Smith Family Business Initiative, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
Dimitris Vayanos Professor of Finance, Director of Financial Markets Group and the Paul Woolley Centre for the Study of Capital Market Dysfunctionality at London School of Economics
Vasiliki Skreta Professor of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin
Nikos Vettas Professor of Economics at Athens University of Economics and Business
Organizers: Costas Arkolakis, Professor of Economics, Yale University, and Nicholas C. Barberis, Stephen and Camille Schramm Professor of Finance, Yale School of Management.
Organizing Committee: John Geanakoplos, James Tobin Professor of Economics, Pinelopi Goldberg, Elihu Professor of Economics, and Costas Meghir, Douglas A Warner III Professor of Economics.
The conference is free and open to the public but registration is required at this link. For the conference program, travel, accommodations, and local information please visit https://campuspress.yale.edu/newgreekmiracle/
Funding for the conference is provided by The Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Fund at Yale University, The Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics at Yale University, and the International Center for Finance at the Yale School of Management. The activities of the Hellenic Studies Program are generously funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for Hellenic Studies at Yale University.