EconPol Europe’s Annual Conference 2018

International Trade and Protectionism

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Brussels

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The impact of international trade and protectionism on the European economy was examined at EconPol Europe’s annual conference on the 19 and 20 November, with a keynote speech by Maria Martin-Prat (Director, Directorate General for Trade, European Commission). Video of the speech is available here.

Following introductions by Ulrike Wolf-Prexler and Clemens Fuest (available on video in full here), the challenges of EU trade policy making were discussed by a policy panel including Maria Åsenius (Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Malmström), Sébastien Jean (Director of CEPII), Bernd Lange (Chair of European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade), Andrea Montanino (Chief Economist, Confindustria) and Eckart von Unger (Senior Manager, BDI). See the video of the discussion here.

On day two, a plenary session on new protectionism and its costs included Simon J. Evenett (University of St. Gallen), Gabriel Felbermayr (ifo Institute), Stefano Schiavo (University of Trento) and Hylke Vandenbussche (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven).

Video footage is available of the following presentations:

New Protectionism: Forms, Scale, and Effects (Simon J Evenett)
The US-China Trade War: Effects on Europe (Gabriel Felbermayr) 
US-EU Trade: the Cost of non-TTIP (Hylke Vandenbussche)
The Impact of Trade on European Firms and Workers 
(Stefano Schiavo)

 Day two of the conference also examined:
   • productivity growth in Europe
   • the banking union and capital markets union
   • Europe and the risk of disintegration
   • migration and the welfare state
   • convergence and divergence in the Eurozone
   • sovereign debt markets in the Eurozone.

Over 150 policy makers, researchers and academics attended the conference, which also saw the launch of the EconPol policy brief, “Who is paying for the trade war with China?”. The paper achieved international interest, with coverage across the world – you can see a digest here.

Programme

Impressions

Opening address Ulrike Wolf Prexler Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs Energy and Technology
Opening address Ulrike Wolf Prexler Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs Energy and Technology
Conference opening address
Conference opening address
Clemens Fuest at EconPols annual conference
Clemens Fuest at EconPols annual conference
Panel discussion on the challenges of EU policy making
Panel discussion on the challenges of EU policy making
Maria Asenius of the European Commission discusses the challenges of EU policy making
Maria Asenius of the European Commission discusses the challenges of EU policy making
Maria Martin Prat gives the keynote speech
Maria Martin Prat gives the keynote speech
Panel discussion on the challenges of EU policy making
Panel discussion on the challenges of EU policy making
Day one of EconPols 2018 annual conference
Day one of EconPols 2018 annual conference
Stefano Schiavo looks at the impact of trade on European firms and works
Stefano Schiavo looks at the impact of trade on European firms and works
Simon J Evenett discusses new protectionism and its costs
Simon J Evenett discusses new protectionism and its costs
Hylke Vandenbussche discusses US and EU trade
Hylke Vandenbussche discusses US and EU trade
Cecilia Joan Lasinio discusses the policy challenges of digitilisation
Cecilia Joan Lasinio discusses the policy challenges of digitilisation
Tobias Schuler on European financial integration through securitisation
Tobias Schuler on European financial integration through securitisation
Thomas Grjebine discusses financial booms and productivity dynamics
Thomas Grjebine discusses financial booms and productivity dynamics
Alexander Guembel gives a welfare analysis of segmented liquidity markets
Alexander Guembel gives a welfare analysis of segmented liquidity markets
Thomas Davoine explains the long run consequences of an EU capital market union
Thomas Davoine explains the long run consequences of an EU capital market union
Klaus Weyerstrass explains how to boost productivity in the EU
Klaus Weyerstrass explains how to boost productivity in the EU
Rolf Strauch discusses managing debt stability and safe assets in the eurozone
Rolf Strauch discusses managing debt stability and safe assets in the eurozone
Ilpo Kauppinen presents on emigration from a welfare state
Ilpo Kauppinen presents on emigration from a welfare state
Panu Poutvaara on the welfare effects of immigration
Panu Poutvaara on the welfare effects of immigration
Giovanni Facchini presents on the economic and political integration of migrants
Giovanni Facchini presents on the economic and political integration of migrants
Harald Benink discusses convergence and divergence in the eurozone during a panel session
Harald Benink discusses convergence and divergence in the eurozone during a panel session
Panel discussion on convergence and divergence in the eurozone
Panel discussion on convergence and divergence in the eurozone
Jemima Pepel Srebrny on government borrowing cost and budget deficits
Jemima Pepel Srebrny on government borrowing cost and budget deficits
Rolf Strauch at EconPol2018
Rolf Strauch at EconPol2018
Friedrich Heinemann on the political economy of sovereign debt restructuring
Friedrich Heinemann on the political economy of sovereign debt restructuring
Harald Benink on the changing political dynamics in Europe
Harald Benink on the changing political dynamics in Europe
EconPols Mathias Dolls discusses incentivising structural reforms
EconPols Mathias Dolls discusses incentivising structural reforms
Kerstin Jorna presents the ECs proposal for a reform support programme
Kerstin Jorna presents the ECs proposal for a reform support programme
Cinzia Alcidi on cross country convergence and regional divergence in the eurozone
Cinzia Alcidi on cross country convergence and regional divergence in the eurozone
Andrea Montanino discusses the challenges of EU policy making
Andrea Montanino discusses the challenges of EU policy making
Christophe Destais presents the promises and challenges of self restructing GDP linked bonds
Christophe Destais presents the promises and challenges of self restructing GDP linked bonds
Gabriel Felbermayr presents his paper on Trumps trade war with China
Gabriel Felbermayr presents his paper on Trumps trade war with China
Guiseppe Bertola presents highlights from the EEA groups report on the European economy
Guiseppe Bertola presents highlights from the EEA groups report on the European economy
Martin Spolc with his presentation on EC policies to promote sustainable finance
Martin Spolc with his presentation on EC policies to promote sustainable finance

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