Financial Leaders Gather for Inaugural Clausen Conference

Influential financial leaders—including the chief economist of the IMF, one of President Clinton’s key former economic advisers, and the president of the SF Federal Reserve Bank — will gather Nov. 21 to discuss the future of US and global finance at the Clausen Center’s inaugural Conference on Global Economic issues.

Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas

The UC Berkeley Clausen Center for International Business and Policy’s conference will be held at Banatao Auditorium in Sutardja Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley campus from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The one-day event, which opens with remarks from Haas Dean Rich Lyons, UC Berkeley Dean (Division of Social Sciences) Carla Hesse, and conference host/Clausen Center Director and UC Berkeley Prof. Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, includes three moderated sessions and one lecture:

Session 1: U.S. Monetary Policy Developments. John Williams, BA 84, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Prof. Annette Vissing-Jorgensen, the Arno A. Rayner Chair in Finance and Management at Haas, and Michael Melvin, managing director at BlackRock, will speak on the topic.

Yuriy Gorodnichenko, UC Berkeley associate professor of economics, will moderate.

Christina Romer

Lecture: from Benoit Coeuré, a member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank.

Session 2: Financial Crises, with UC Berkeley Economics Prof. Maurice Obstfeld, who is also chief economist of the International Monetary Fund; Christina Romer, former chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers and the Garff B. Wilson Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley; David Romer, the Herman Royer Professor of Political Economy at UC Berkeley; and  Joachim Fels, managing director and global economic advisor at Pimco. Economics Prof. Linda Tesar of the University of Michigan will moderate.

Session 3: The Evolution of the International Finance System. Prof. Andrew Rose, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and chair of the faculty at Haas, will moderate. Speakers include Barry Eichengreen, the George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley; Hélène Rey, a French economist and economics professor at the London Business School; and Woon Gyu Choi, the deputy governor of the Bank of Korea.

The Clausen Center is named for former Bank of America and World Bank chief A.W. “Tom” Clausen, a longtime Berkeley-Haas benefactor, who passed away in 2013.

The Center’s mission is to promote path-breaking scholarly research, enhance teaching in the area of international economics and finance, and contribute to the policy dialogue on these issues.

For more information about the conference and registration information, visit the Clausen Center website.