Impact of automation on the labour market - Financial instability series

March 19, 2019

Daron Acemoglu, Professor of Economics at MIT, and Georgios Petropoulos, Research Fellow at Bruegel, join Danae Kyriakopoulou, chief economist and director of research at OMFIF, to discuss the impact of shifts in technology on labour markets, and whether ultimately these will be negative or positive on balance. They focus on factors such as changes in productivity, displacement and automation, creation of new industries and the gradual decline of others, as well as changes in the way workers’ output can be evaluated and monitored. Policies to ensure the benefits from technological developments filter through to workers and the importance of private-public dialogue to design these are also discussed.


In Conversation: Nellie Liang, senior fellow in economic studies, Brookings Institution

March 14, 2019

Mark Sobel, US chairman of OMFIF, speaks with Nellie Liang, senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution. They discuss developments in macroprudential regulation in the US since the 2008 financial crisis, including policy-makers’ key tools, the role of stress tests and future policies.


Private debt and the next financial crisis – Financial instability series

March 12, 2019

Raul Elizalde, President of Path Financial LLC, and Heikki Hiilamo, Professor of Social Policy at the University of Helsinki, join Pierre Ortlieb, economist at OMFIF, to talk about private debt and its implications for financial stability. As the volume of household and particularly corporate debt reaches unprecedented levels, the conversation explores how we got here and whether this development might once again trigger the kind of meltdown the global financial system experienced in 2008.


GBI series: Gender Diversity in central banks

March 6, 2019

Danae Kyriakopoulou, chief economist and head of research at OMFIF, speaks to Vicky Pryce, former head of the UK Government Economic Service, Amelia Cox, co-chair of the Women’s Leadership Student Interest Group at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School, and Hannah Bargawi, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics at SOAS. They discuss the prospects for diversity within the economics and finance professions, the arguments for inclusion in the private and public sector institutions, and the policies and initiatives to support women’s career progression and avoid a ‘leaky pipeline’.


Ahead of the ECB

March 5, 2019

Ahead of the European Central Bank’s monetary policy decision on 7th March, Miroslav Singer, director for institutional affairs and chief economist of Generali CEE Holding and former governor the Czech National Bank, joins Marcin Stepan, head of programming at OMFIF, to discuss the economic outlook for Europe, tools at the ECB’s disposal and the future path for monetary policy.


In Conversation: The potential for central bank digital currencies

February 26, 2019

Bhavin Patel, economist at OMFIF, joins Ellie Groves, programmes manager at OMFIF, to discuss the move from private cryptocurrencies to central bank digital currencies. They consider the potential impact of this, particularly addressing the need for a global consensus on regulation policy. 


Financial instability series: Geographic inequality and the rise of economic hubs

February 19, 2019

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director of the World Bank Group’s Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, joins Pierre Ortlieb, economist at OMFIF, to talk about urbanisation and investment. They cover the topics including the nature of public assets, the potential of urban wealth funds, and innovative forms of financing like land value capture.


Fed Talk

February 14, 2019

Nathan Sheets, chief economist and head of global macroeconomic research at PGIM Fixed Income, and former under-secretary of the US Treasury for international affairs, joins Rein de Loor, programmes manager at OMFIF. They discuss the Federal Reserve’s January rate decision, the adjustments to its forward guidance and how markets responded. They also cover implications of political influence on monetary policy, and macroeconomic challenges for 2019.


GBI series: Gender Diversity in central banks

February 12, 2019

Ed Sibley, deputy governor and chair of the diversity and inclusion steering group at the Central Bank of Ireland, speaks to Danae Kyriakopoulou, chief economist and head of research at OMFIF. They discuss the arguments for and importance of diversity in policy-making institutions and the financial sector, and the policies and initiatives central banks can put in place to support women’s career progression.


In Conversation: Hard currencies outlook (Part Two)

February 7, 2019

Simon Derrick, chief currency strategist at BNY Mellon, speaks with Ben Robinson, OMFIF deputy head of research. They discuss the outlook for hard currencies in 2019 and beyond, as well as market trends and political and economic factors affecting the foreign exchange market.