30 - 30 September 2020 / Zoom webinar / CEPR and INSEAD

CEPR and INSEAD are organizing a series of webinars discussing recent technology developments in financial markets. This initiative is part of the activities of the CEPR Research and Policy Network on Fintech and Digital Currencies.

The webinars will bring together two speakers to discuss a relevant policy issue. The sessions will be moderated by Antonio Fatás (INSEAD and CEPR) and questions from the audience will be possible.

  • Wednesday 2 September: Topic: Digital Currencies and Payments. Speakers: Christian Catalini (Libra) and Tara Rice (BIS).
  • Tuesday 15 September: Topic: Distributed Ledger Technologies and Financial Markets. Speakers: Hanna Halaburda (NYU Stern) and Raphael Auer (BIS and CEPR).
  • Wednesday 30 September: Topic: Fintech, Financial Inclusion and Competition. Speakers: Thomas Philippon (NYU Stern and CEPR) and Aaron Klein (Brookings).

Each webinar will start at 2PM London time, and last 45 minutes. 

Register for the 30th September:

2 - 2 October 2020 / Webinar / CEPR, LSE and AIIB

You are cordially invited to "The Global Commons Room" - a webinar on:


Strong Infrastructure Governance for Strong Recovery


Join us on Friday 2 October 2020
13:00 - 14:30 (BST, London), 14:00 - 15:30 (CEST)

Public investment is a catalyst for inclusive growth and private sector-enabling development. Its role (and that of potential waste) in recovery is vital: with high debt levels and lack of fiscal space globally, better infrastructure governance will be key for countries get much more “bang for the buck” on their investment spending. A new book by the International Monetary Fund shows that countries can lose up to one-third of the value of their investments due to inefficiencies stemming from bad management and corruption. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, strong infrastructure governance are likely to become even more important: public investment will have to be part of stimulating weak aggregate demand. For example, in the area of health, the pandemic has revealed a lack of preparedness of many health systems and an urgent need for upgrading health infrastructure that will have to be addressed. Second, countries will emerge from the pandemic with scarce fiscal space, elevated debt levels, large financing needs, and therefore a renewed need for higher efficiency.

- Professor Tim Besley, Professor of Economics, LSE Department of Economics and Fellow, CEPR.
- Taufik Hanafi, Deputy Minister of National Development Planning for Development Monitoring, Evaluation and Control, Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas), Indonesia.
- Evelyn Hernandez, Head of Members and Affiliate Programmes at CoST- The Infrastructure Transparency Initiative.
- Abebe Aemro Selassie, Director of the African Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF).
- Genevieve Verdier, Division Chief, Middle East and Central Asia Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF)

- Piroska Nagy Mohacsi, Interim Director, Institute of Global Affairs at the LSE School of Public Policy.

- Erik Berglof, Chief Economist, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB); Professor (on leave), LSE School of Public Policy and Fellow, CEPR.

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