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Henry Grattan Lecture - The European Sovereign Debt Crisis

  • Speakers: Peter Boone, Mike Dooley, Ciarán O'Hagan and Jean Pisani-Ferry

  • Date: Tuesday 25 October from 4.00 to 5.45pm

  • Venue:Tercentenary Hall, Biomedical Sciences Institute, Trinity College Dublin, Pearse Street

This public lecture discussed the European Sovereign Debt Crisis one year on from Ireland's €85 billion bail out by the European Union-International Monetary Fund. This lecture is part of the 2011-2012 Henry Grattan Lecture Series which will address the theme of The Debt Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Controls.

The lecture, which was jointly organised by the Policy Institute and the Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS), was chaired by Philip Lane, Head of the Economics Department, Trinity College Dublin.


Speaker Biographies

Peter Boone

Peter BoonePeter Boone has been a nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute since 2011. He is a visiting senior fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE) and a principal at Salute Capital Management. He is also chairman and cofounder of Effective Intervention, a UK-based charity created in 2005 that designs programs to improve children's health, literacy, and numeracy with the critical distinction of including stringent measurement of outcomes of each program that meet evidentiary standards agreed by leading medical statisticians. He has written and published extensively on measures that can be taken to help those growing up in extremely poor regions better integrate with the increasingly wealthy world around them.

Previously he was head of research and senior partner at Brunswick-UBS, an investment bank based in Moscow. From 1993 to 1997 he was a lecturer in economics and director of the emerging markets finance program at the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE. He has served as a resident macroeconomic adviser to the governments in Russia, Poland, Ukraine, and Mongolia.

His current research interests include the causes of and solutions to recent and nascent financial crises. During 2009–10 he was a member of the LSE Future of Finance group, which brought together some of Britain's leading academics, policymakers, and financial-market participants for one year to discuss and recommend measures to prevent future financial crises. He is particularly interested in the systemic risks in Europe, Japan, and the United States posed by political systems that tend to create large implicit liabilities for the state, while promoting rather than restricting moral hazard in the financial and corporate world. He earned a PhD in economics from Harvard University in 1990.

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Mike Dooley

Mike DooleyMichael Dooley joined the faculty at UCSC in 1992 following more than 20 years service at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund. His published research covers a wide range of issues in open economy macroeconomics including work on crises in emerging markets, capital controls, international capital movements, debt restructuring, capital flight, and liberalization of financial markets.

Dooley is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and is a managing editor of the International Journal of Finance and Economics. Consulting relationships include the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and Federal Reserve Board. Dooley has been a visiting scholar at the Bank of Japan and has taught at Bucknell University, George Washington University, the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, the IMF Institute, the World Bank Economic Development Institute, and the Kiel Institute of World Economics.

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Ciarán O'Hagan

Ciaran OHagan and Jean Pisani-FerryCiarán O'Hagan joined Société Générale as Head of Euro Rates Research, Paris in 2005. Prior to Société Générale, Ciaran was at JP Morgan, Lehman Brothers, and CIC, where he contributed to two books on inflation and fixed income. He is a graduate in economics of Trinity College Dublin and St. Cross College, Oxford.

Jean Pisani-Ferry

Jean Pisani-Ferry has been director of Bruegel since January 2005. He is also a professor of economics with Université Paris-Dauphine. Pisani-Ferry has made his career in research and policy.

After having held positions in research and government in France, he joined the European Commission in 1989 as economic adviser to the Director-General of DG ECFIN. From 1992 to 1997 he was the director of CEPII, the main French research centre in international economics. In 1997, he became senior economic adviser to the French minister of Finance and was later appointed executive president of the French prime minister's Council of Economic Analysis (2001-2002). From 2002 to 2004, he was senior adviser to the director of the French Treasury.

Pisani-Ferry has held teaching positions with various universities including Ecole polytechnique in Paris and Université libre de Bruxelles. In 2006-2007, he was president of the French economic association. Born in 1951, Pisani-Ferry was initially trained as an engineer and also holds a Master in mathematics. He holds an advanced degree in economics from the Centre d'études des programmes économiques (CEPE, Paris). Pisani-Ferry has a regular column in Le Monde and Handelsblatt.

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Last updated 13 June 2014 .