An NBER/Universities Research Conference on "Micro and Macroeconomic Effects of Financial Globalization" took place in Cambridge on December 5 and 6. The organizers were Ross Levine, NBER and Brown University, and Carlos Vegh, NBER and University of Maryland. These papers were discussed:
The 22nd Annual NBER-TCER-CEPR Conference on "Sticky Prices and Inflation Dynamics" took place in Tokyo, Japan on December 17-18, 2008. The conference organizers were: Jordi Gali, the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and NBER; Takeo Hoshi, University of California, San Diego and NBER; Anil K Kashyap, University of Chicago and NBER; and Tsutomu Watanabe, Hitotsubashi University. These papers were discussed:
January 10-12, 2009, the NBER, India's National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER), and the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) sponsored a meeting that united NBER researchers with about thirty economists from Indian universities, research institutions, and government departments. The theme of this year's meeting, the tenth such gathering, was "Sustaining Growth in Troubled Times." NBER President James M. Poterba of MIT organized the conference jointly with Suman Bery of NCAER.
The NBER participants in this meeting were: NBER Board Chairman John Clarkeson; John Y. Campbell, Mihir A. Desai, and Martin S. Feldstein, NBER and Harvard University; Don Fullerton, NBER and University of Illinois; Roger H. Gordon and Michelle J. White, NBER and University of California, San Diego; Abhijit Banerjee, Simon Johnson, and James M. Poterba, NBER and MIT; Anne O. Krueger, NBER and Johns Hopkins University; and Emily Oster, Raghuram Rajan, and Jesse M. Shapiro, NBER and University of Chicago.
The participants focused their discussion on a number of issues that are related to the current global economic situation. Montek Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Indian Planning Committee, provided an overview of current economic developments and policy challenges in India. Clarkeson and Feldstein, along with Tarun Das of the Confederation of Indian Industry, participated in a panel discussion on the U.S. economy and the near-term economic outlook. Other core topics that were discussed during the two-day meeting included fiscal policy and monetary management, trade and tariff policy, and the role of social programs in providing social protection for low-income families in both India and the United States.
NBER Faculty Research Fellows Matthias Doepke, University of California, Los Angeles, and Benjamin Jones, Northwestern University, organized a "Conference on Economic Growth," which took place at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco on February 12. These papers were discussed: