Conference "Great Slumps, policy responses, and populism: past and present"

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University of Halle-Wittenberg

Nearly a decade after the 2008 crisis, its economic and political after-effects are still with us. Extraordinary policies taken by central banks may have prevented another Great Depression, but the crisis and the policy responses to it have changed the political economy of Western societies and upset the political foundations of globalization. It is impossible to understand the causes and consequences of Great Slumps without studying the intricate interplay of political and macroeconomic forces.

Taking place in between the elections in France and Germany, this conference brings together macroeconomists, economic historians and political economists. Its aim is to shed new light on the crisis and the Great Recession, analyze the policy responses to it, and study their effects on Western economies and societies in a historical perspective. Of particular interest will be new research that addresses the role of expectations, central bank policies, sovereign debt and distributional conflict in shaping the post-crisis environment.

Download the conference programme here.

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A research workshop will precede the conference on 29 May to provide a forum for PhD candidates and Post-Docs from German and British universities working on macroeconomic history projects. Download the workshop programme here.