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Dirk Schoenmaker 17 August 2021

The CEPR recently launched its research policy network on sustainable finance. Dirk Schoenmaker of the Rotterdam School of Management is leading the RPN, and Tim Phillips asks him what “sustainable” finance is, how the RPN will involve bankers as well as academics, and how big an effect it can have on policy choices.

Glenn Rudebusch 09 August 2021

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just published its sixth report, warning of “unprecedented” effects and “irreversible” damage. For more than a year, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco has been running its Virtual Seminar on Climate Economics to help economists estimate, model, and propose policies to mitigate the extent of the crisis. Glenn Rudebusch of the FRBSF tells Tim Phillips that “the economics profession as a whole has been slow to grapple with climate change”, and so the seminars are bringing fresh, interdisciplinary research to a wider audience.

Max Mosley 03 August 2021

Is the welfare state a drain on resources, or should policymakers reframe it as a targeted way to deliver fiscal stimulus in a crisis? Max Mosley argues that evidence from the UK’s targeted welfare payments shows there is a large multiplier effect when we target credit-constrained families.

You can read the paper discussed, The Importance of Being Earners: Modelling the Implications of Changes to Welfare Contributions on Macroeconomic Recovery by Max A. Mosley, in issue 82 of CEPR's Covid Economics Papers here

Alexander Cuntz 27 July 2021

As Covid-19 closed concert halls, galleries, and theatres it cut off the incomes of the people who worked in them. One year on, what has been the effect of the pandemic on artistic income? Alexander Cuntz of the World Intellectual Property Organisation has used unique incomes data from Germany to estimate how incomes have been affected, and how important states support has been for artists.

Pamela Campa 20 July 2021

In early 2020, Sweden left restaurants and schools open when the rest of Europe shut them. So which sectors of the workforce were more or less likely to lose their jobs afterwards? And was that outcome due to Sweden’s institutions or its policies? Pamela Campa of SITE talks to Tim Phillips.

Helios Herrera, Ronny Razin 06 July 2021

CEPR is creating a new programme area in political economy. Helios Herrera of the University of Warwick and Ronny Razin of LSE tell Tim Phillips how they plan to attract a wide range of economists and social scientists to the discipline, and how we can do a better job of translating polecon research into policy.

Helios Herrera, Ronny Razin 29 June 2021

Two years ago CEPR launched its Political Economy research group, led by Helios Herrera and Ronny Razin. As the group expands to become a programme area, they tell Tim Phillips how a lack of recognition for political economics in recent years has damaged both research and teaching — and how to repair the damage.

The newly launched CEPR Competition Policy RPN is organizing a discussion between senior antitrust regulators, privacy experts, and economists. In the first panel, privacy and data protection experts will discuss some key insights for antitrust enforcers. The second panel will discuss with antitrust leaders how these ideas are progressing in practice.
Cristina Caffarra & Greg Crawford tell Tim Phillips about the launch event of the CEPR Competition Policy RPN, which was held on June 17 2021
You can see a recording of the event here 

Steven Ongena 01 June 2021

Is there a connection between the 2007-2009 financial crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic? Steven Ongena talks to Tim Phillips about the relation between both macroeconomic and financial losses derived from the financial crisis and the health outcomes associated with the first wave of the pandemic.
You can find the paper behind this interview here
Misfortunes Never Come Alone: From the Financial Crisis to the Covid-19 Pandemic by Antonio Moreno, Steven Ongena, Alexia Ventula Veghazy and Alexander F. Wagner

Daniel Gros 18 May 2021

Experience with Covid-19 has shown how vaccinating the population as quickly as possible can be of paramount importance, however with fixed contracts the benefits for early delivery of such vaccines are huge for society, but non-existent for suppliers. Daniel Gros (Centre for European Policy Studies) talks to Tim Philips about why vaccine contracts should have incentives for accelerated production built into them.
The paper discussed can be found here:
Covid Economics Issue 77: Incentives for accelerating the production of Covid-19 vaccines in the presence of adjustment costs by Claudius Gros & Daniel Gros 



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