In September 2008 the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers was a landmark in a series of events that triggered the great financial and economic crisis. However, its roots lie much deeper: rising inequality, deregulation of financial markets, private debt and trade imbalances are discussed to play a role. Ten years later, financial markets are again reaching record highs, the world economy grows at a strong pace and major central banks are beginning to tighten their monetary policy stance. At the same time, the gains accrue largely to a small elite, even limited regulatory achievements are under attack, and right-wing populism is threatening democracy in high-income countries, while many low-income countries still struggle from war and poverty. What did societies and politicians learn from the crash? What have been theoretical achievements in orthodox and heterodox economic thinking since then? Where do we go from here?
The submission of papers in the following areas is particularly encouraged:
- History and development of financial and economic crises
- Stability and regulation of the global financial system
- Financial crises, inequality and populism
- Political economy of financial crises
- Impact of monetary and fiscal policies in crises
- Stagnation and growth
- Ecological aspects of crises and recovery
For the open part of the conference, submissions on the general subject of the Forum for Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policies are encouraged as well. We particularly welcome submissions of papers for graduate student sessions. Graduate students who already presented a paper in previous FMM conferences should submit to the regular sessions to improve chances for newcomers. There will also be a day of introductory lectures for graduate students prior to the opening panel on 25 October. Hotel costs will be covered for graduate student presenters (max. four nights from 25 to 27 October).
Proposals have to be submitted electronically via this web application. The deadline for paper proposals (abstract of max. 400 words) is 30 June 2018. Proposals for organized sessions with abstracts of three or four papers are welcome and can also be submitted through the web application. Decisions will be made in early August and will be based on clarity, relevance and originality of abstracts outlining the research question, method and (preliminary) results. In case of acceptance, full papers, including an abstract of max. 200 words are due by 25 September and will be posted here. Selected papers will be published after the conference in a special Papers & Proceedings issue of the FMM’s peer reviewed European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies: Intervention (EJEEP). The conference language is English.
Registration details for the conference and the introductory lectures will be available here by mid-August. Please note that registration is a separate step from acceptance of papers.