Yale Hosts Conference on World Economy in the Next Century

Reporters are invited to a three-day immersion in current economic issues at Yale University this weekend, when the Graduate School department of economics hosts a reunion conference, April 16-18.

Topics to be covered at “The World Economy in the 21st Century” conference are:

Economic Development, Economic Growth and International Trade
The United States Economy
Are We in a Global Economic Crisis?
Labor and Capital Markets
Economic History: What Does It Have to Teach Us?
Innovation, Technological Progress and Competition

Panelists and speakers are all graduates of the Yale doctoral program who have gone on to distinguished careers. They include Janet Yellen, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers to the President; Edwin Truman and Edward Gramlich of the Federal Reserve System; Jose Antonio Ocampo, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean; Van Doorn Ooms, Committee for Economic Development; Nancy Birdsall, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Thomas Synnot III, U.S. Trust Company of New York; and William Cline, Institute of International Finance.

Yale faculty participants include University President Richard C. Levin, economics department Chairman T.N. Srinivasan, Director of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies Gustav Ranis, and professors William Brainard, Koichi Hamada, Jenny Hunt, Paul MacAvoy, Giuseppe Moscarini and Christopher Udry. All but Moscarini are graduates of Yale.

International academic experts include Yale alumni who are now faculty members of the universities of Sao Paulo (Brazil), Lisbon, Toronto, and Cambridge. American participants include professors from M.I.T., the universities of California (Berkeley), Chicago, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas, plus Brown, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern universities, and Williams College.

Yellen will deliver a keynote address on April 16, at the 7 p.m. dinner. Ocampo will deliver formal remarks during the April 17 lunch, which begins at 12:30 p.m. Levin will give a keynote address on April 17, after the 6:30 dinner. Journalists who wish to attend any of these events must make prior arrangements with the Office of Public Affairs.

For details of the conference schedule, check the website at http://www.aya.yale.edu/gradschool/econreunion/friday.htm or call for a faxed copy.

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