Leading Economists and Policymakers to Discuss U.S. Growth and Global Economy at the Levy Economics Institute's 25th Annual Hyman P. Minsky Conference, April 12-13

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European Central Bank Vice President Vítor Constâncio, former U.S. Representative Barney Frank, U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Financial Research Director Richard Berner, and U.S. Senate Budget Committee Chief Economist Stephanie A. Kelton, among other leading economists and policymakers, will participate in the Levy Economics Institute's 2016 Minsky conference on April 12-13 in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

From April 12-13, the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College will gather top policymakers, economists, and analysts at the 25th Annual Hyman P. Minsky Conference on the State of the U.S. and World Economies to discuss, among many issues, whether what appears to be a global economic slowdown will jeopardize the implementation and efficiency of Dodd-Frank regulatory reforms, the transition of monetary policy away from zero interest rates, and the “new” normal of fiscal policy. The conference, “Will the Global Economic Environment Constrain U.S. Growth and Employment?,” is being organized by the Levy Institute with support from the Ford Foundation, and will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, April 12–13, at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

Participants include Vítor Constâncio, vice president, European Central Bank; former U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-MA); Richard Berner, director, Office of Financial Research, U.S. Department of the Treasury; Stephanie A. Kelton, research associate, Levy Institute, chief economist, U.S. Senate Budget Committee, and professor, University of Missouri–Kansas City; Martin L. Leibowitz, managing director, Morgan Stanley; Bruce C. N. Greenwald, Robert Heilbrunn Professor of Finance and Asset Management, Columbia University; Michael Masters, founder and chairman of the board, Better Markets; Lakshman Achuthan; cofounder and chief operations officer, Economic Cycle Research Institute; Henry Kaufman, president, Henry Kaufman & Company, Inc.; Loukas Tsoukalis, Pierre Keller Visiting Professor, Harvard University; Frank Veneroso, president, Veneroso Associates, LLC; Albert M. Wojnilower, economic consultant, Craig Drill Capital; Eduardo Porter, columnist, The New York Times; Theo Francis, special writer, The Wall Street Journal; Izabella Kaminska, journalist, Financial Times; and Peter Eavis, reporter, The New York Times.

The 2016 Minsky Conference will address, among other issues, the use of fiscal policies aimed at achieving sustainable growth and full employment, along with the question, is economic policy leading to another Minsky moment? The conference will include presentations by Jan Kregel, senior scholar, Levy Institute, and professor, Tallinn University of Technology; Dimitri B. Papadimitriou, president, Levy Institute; Viral V. Acharya, C. V. Starr Professor of Economics, New York University Stern School of Business; Emilios Avgouleas, chair, International Banking Law and Finance, School of Law, University of Edinburgh; Robert J. Barbera, codirector, Center for Financial Economics, The Johns Hopkins University; Fernando J. Cardim de Carvalho, senior scholar, Levy Institute, and emeritus professor of economics, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; Scott Fullwiler, professor of economics and James A. Leach Chair in Banking and Monetary Economics, Wartburg College; Michael Greenberger, professor, School of Law, and director, Center for Health and Homeland Security, The University of Maryland; Robert A. Johnson, president, Institute for New Economic Thinking, and senior fellow and director, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute; Edward Kane, professor of finance, Boston College; Michalis Nikiforos, research scholar, Levy Institute; Walker F. Todd, trustee, American Institute for Economic Research; Mario Tonveronachi, professor of the economics of financial systems, University of Siena; and L. Randall Wray, senior scholar, Levy Institute, and professor of economics, Bard College.

The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, founded in 1986 through the generous support of the late Bard College trustee Leon Levy, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public policy research organization. The Institute is independent of any political or other affiliation, and encourages diversity of opinion in the examination of economic policy issues while striving to transform ideological arguments into informed debate.

The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than half a century it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

For complete conference program information, please visit http://www.levyinstitute.org/conferences/minsky2016/

Press registrations should be made by calling Mark Primoff at 845-758-7412 or by sending an e-mail to primoff(at)bard(dot)edu.

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