Speaker biographies

Prof Philip Arestis

Prof Philip Arestis is Honorary Departmental Senior Fellow, Cambridge Centre for Economics and Public Policy, Department of Land Economy, University
of Cambridge; Professor of Economics, University of the Basque Country, Spain; Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Utah, US; Senior Scholar, Levy Economics Institute, New York, US; Visiting Professor, Leeds Business School, University of Leeds, UK; and Professorial Research Associate, Department of Finance and Management Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK. He was a member of the Economics and Econometrics RAE panel in 1996 and in 2001, and Quality Assessor for the quality assessment exercise in Economics of the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council, the Welsh Funding Councils and of the Higher Education Funding Council in England. He was a member of the Council of the Royal Economic Society (RES), Secretary of the RES Standing Conference of Heads of Department in Economics (CHUDE), and an elected member of the Executive Board of the Eastern Economic Association (EEA), USA. He is currently Vice-Chair of the ESRC-funded Macroeconomics, Money and Finance Research Group; also an elected member of the board of directors of the Association for Evolutionary Economics, US. He is Chief Academic Adviser to the UK Government Economic Service (GES) on Professional Developments in Economics. He has published as sole author or editor, as well as co-author and co-editor, a number of books, contributed invited chapters to numerous books, produced research reports for research institutes, and has published widely in academic journals.

Dr Terry Barker

Prof Terry Barker is Founder of the Cambridge Trust for New Thinking in Economics, Chairman of Cambridge Econometrics, and Departmental Senior Fellow, Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (4CMR), Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. He was a Co-ordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change´s Fourth Assessment Report in 2007. His research interests include systematic modelling of policies to achieve climate stabilisation.

Prof Georgios Chortareas Prof Georgios Chortareas is a Professor of Economics at King's College London and the University of Athens. He studied at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (BA), the University of Glasgow (MPhil), and the University of Connecticut (Ph.D., 1999). Before joining the University of Athens he worked at the Bank of England (International Economic Analysis Division) as a research economist and at the Essex Business School as a Reader in International Finance. His research interests are in monetary policy and international finance and he has published more than fifty articles in referred journals. He is the chairman of the European Economics and Finance Society (EEFS), a member of the Money Macro Finance (MMF) Research Group Committee (UK), and a member of the Executive Board of the European Public Choice Society (EPCS).

Jérôme Creel Prof Jérôme Creel is a Professor of Economics at ESCP Europe; he joined the school in September 2007. He has been full deputy director at the Observatoire Français des Conjonctures Economiques (Sciences Po) in Paris since 2003, part-time deputy since 2007; he was a Junior then Senior economist in the same institution (1998-2003). He was a Lecturer at University of Paris-Dauphine between 1993 and 2011 and has been teaching at Sciences Po since 1999. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris-Dauphine (obtained cum laude in 1997). His research has focused on economic policies in the EMU, including monetary and fiscal coordination, on the economics of EU enlargement (co-editor, with S. Levasseur, of a Special Issue of Revue de l'OFCE, 2004) and on institutional economics, notably related to the Constitutional Treaty and delegation issues. Professor Creel is co-author with E. Farvaque of a book dedicated to the economic history of the EU and the Euro area (Construction européenne et politique économique, Vuibert, 2004) and co-editor of a book with M. Sawyer dedicated to fiscal policy (Current Thnking on Fiscal Policy, Palgrave MacMillan, 2009). He has published approximately thirty articles in leading economic journals in the field of macroeconomics and international economics. He works frequently with the media, providing interviews and comments in France, Italy, Japan, Germany, etc.. His monograph, jointly with J.-P. Fitoussi, in 2002 on the European Central Bank ('How to Reform the ECB', Centre for European Reform, Pamphlet, October) was the subject of the Economic Focus of The Economist in October 2002.

Prof Evangelia Desli Prof Evangelia Desli is Assistant Professor of Economics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She received her PhD from the University of Connecticut. Her research interests are in the areas of economic growth, convergence and efficiency. She has published a number of articles on those topics in refereed journals such as the American Economic Review, The Manchester School, the Cambridge Journal of Economics, and the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics.

Prof Jesus Ferreiro 

Prof Jesus Ferreiro is Associate Professor of Economics, Department of Applied Economics, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain and Associate Member of the Cambridge Centre for Economic and Public Policy, University of Cambridge. His research interests are in the areas of macroeconomic policy, labour markets, and international financial flows. He has published a number of articles on those topics in edited books and in refereed journals such as Economic and Industrial Democracy, Économie Appliquée, Ekonomia, European Planning Studies, International Journal of Political Economy, International Review of Applied Economics, and the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics.

Prof Carmen Gomez Prof Carmen Gomez is Associate Professor of Applied Economics V at the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain. She has a PhD from the University of the Basque Country. Her research interests are in the areas of foreign direct investments, labour market and fiscal policy. She is the author of several papers and chapters of books on these subjects. Her most recent publications about these topics include papers in journals such as American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Economic and Industrial Democracy, Journal of Economic Issues and Journal of Post Keynesian Economics.

Prof Dr Eckhard Hein Prof Eckhard Hein is a Professor of Economics, in particular European Economic Policies, at the Berlin School of Economics. Having studied economics at the University of Bremen and the New School for Social Research he graduated in Bremen in 1990. He was as a Junior Lecturer at the Free University of Berlin, where he completed his doctorate in 1996, and a Senior Lecturer at Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, where he obtained his post-doctoral degree (Habilitation) in 2005. In 2001 he joined the Institute for Economic and Social Research (WSI), and in 2005 he became a Senior Researcher at the Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK) at Hans Boeckler Foundation. He was a visiting professor at the University of Hamburg and at Vienna University of Economics and BA.

Paul Hubert

Dr Paul Hubert has been a junior researcher since 2010 at OFCE – Sciences Po, where his research mainly focuses on monetary macroeconomics, and he has been rapporteur for the CEPR Euro Area Business Cycle Dating Committee since 2012. In addition to central banking, he also works on the EU fiscal environment and the relationship between macroeconomy and financial stability. He has held a PhD in Economics from Sciences-Po since 2010, with a thesis on the expectations channel of monetary policy and the policy and welfare effects of central bank influence in a context of imperfect information. He previously obtained a BA in International Economics from Paris-Dauphine University in 2004 and a Master's Degree in Economics from Sciences-Po in 2006. He was analyst at the French Trade Commission in Vancouver in 2005, research assistant to Prof. Jean Boivin in 2006 while visiting Columbia University, and visiting scholar at the Monetary Policy Strategy Division of the European Central Bank in 2011.

Dr Yiannis Kitromilides is Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for International Business and Sustainability, London Metropolitan University. He studied economics at the London School of Economics where he graduated in 1968 with a BSc (Econ) degree. He also holds an MA (Economics) degree from the University of Kent (1969) and a Ph. D degree from the University of London (1982). He worked as Economic Research Officer at the Commonwealth Secretariat (1969-1971) and taught at the University of Greenwich between 1971 and 2006 where he was Principal Lecturer in Economics and head of the Economics Division. Since 2006 he has also taught at the University of Westminster, the University of Middlesex, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His main research interests are in the area of public policymaking, climate change policy, the crisis in the eurozone and its impact on Ireland, UK austerity policy and Banking nationalisation.

Dr Kun-Chin Lin Dr Kun-Chin Lin teaches in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) of the University of Cambridge. He joined the Department in 2011 from King's College London where he was a Lecturer at the China Institute, with affiliation with the Department of Political Economy. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, and obtained his PhD in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. He was a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford, and Assistant Professor of Political Science at the National University of Singapore. His research activities focus on the politics of market reform in developing countries, industrial organisation and labour relations, federalism and public goods provision, energy security, transport infrastructure development, foreign direct investment, political risk analysis, and regional and urban-rural distributive issues in the process of urbanisation. He is working on a book on the corporatisation of large Chinese state-owned enterprises into shareholding concerns in the late 1990s, using the case study of national oil and petrochemical companies to examine the political and macroeconomic conditions that enabled a radical reorganisation of the commanding heights, and the ensuing legacy of contentious state-market relations. He has also written on Asia-Pacific regionalism and China’s changing role in international organisations. He is an editorial board member of Business Politics, a member of the Frost Sullivan’s Board of Economic Advisors, and a collaborating partner of the Global Biopolitics Research Group based at King’s College London.

Francesco Saraceno Dr Francesco Saraceno is Senior Economist at OFCE-Sciences Po. He received his Ph.Ds in Economics from Columbia University and La Sapienza University of Rome. His main research interests include the relationship between inequality and macroeconomic performance, European macroeconomic policies and interaction between structural reforms, fiscal and monetary policies. He has published in several international journals such as Journal of Public Economic Theory, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Post-Keynesian Economics, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics. In 2000 he became a member of the Council of Economic Advisors for the Italian Prime Minister's Office. He has been on leave since March 2002, when he moved to Paris to work at the French Observatory on Economic Conditions (Observatoire Français des Conjonctures Économiques), a think tank headed by Jean Paul Fitoussi. He is in charge of the Economics concentration of the Master of European Affairs at Sciences-Po Paris, where he teaches international and European macroeconomics. He also teaches at the Master of Public Affairs, and is Academic Director of the SciencesPo-Northwestern European Affairs Program.

Prof Malcolm Sawyer 

Prof Malcolm Sawyer is Professor of Economics, University of Leeds, U.K, and Principal Investigator for the 15 partner, 5 year EC Framework Programme 7 project on Financialisation, Economy, Society and Sustainable Development (FESSUD). He is managing editor of the International Review of Applied Economics and the editor of the series New Directions in Modern Economics, published by Edward Elgar. He is the author of 11 books and has edited 24, and has also contributed chapters to over 100. He has published 90 papers in refereed journals. His research interests are in macroeconomics, fiscal and monetary policy, the political economy of the European Monetary Union, financialisation, nature of money, causes and concepts of unemployment, and the economics of Michal Kalecki.

Prof Felipe Serrano

Prof Felipe Serrano is Professor in Economics at the University of the Basque Country, in Bilbao, Spain. He is the head of the Department of Applied Economics V at the University of the Basque Country. His research interests are in the areas of social security, the welfare state, labour market, innovation, and economic policy. He is the author of a number of articles on those topics in edited books and in refereed journals such as Economies et Sociétés, Ekonomia, European Planning Studies, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, International Review of Applied Economics, and the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics.

Prof Ran Tao Prof Ran Tao is the Director of China Center for Public Economics and Governance at Renmin University in Beijing. A specialist in the Chinese economy, he has published on the political economy of China’s economic transition, land and household registration reform in China’s urbanization, local governance and public finance in rural China. His research has appeared most recently in the Journal of Comparative Economics, the Journal of Development Studies, Land Economics, Urban Studies, Political Studies, China Quarterly and Land Use Policy. He is also a nonresident senior fellow and professor of the School of Economics of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy, where his research focuses on topics related to China's ongoing economic transition.

Dr Achim Truger Prof Achim Truger is a Professor of Economics, in particular Macroeconomics and Economic Policy, at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. He studied economics at Cologne University where he graduated in 1992. In 1993-99 he was research associate at the Department of Public Finance and the Public Finance Research Institute at Cologne University. He received his doctoral degree in 1997. From 1999-2004 he worked as senior economist at the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) at the Hans-Böckler-Foundation, Düsseldorf, before he joined the Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK) at Hans Böckler Foundation in Düsseldorf, Germany, where he was head of the Public Finance and Tax Policy unit from 2005 to 2012.

Prof Yang He is Associate Professor of Economics, Department of Taxation, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, China. She received her PhD from Renmin University of China, and studied as a visiting scholar at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University from 2007 to 2009. Her research interests and recent publications are in the area of local public finance, fiscal policy and foreign direct investment. She is working on research projects on local debt and property tax in China.

Gennaro Zezza Prof Gennaro Zezza is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Cassino, Italy. He is a member of the Levy Institute's Macro-Modeling Team and a coauthor of its Strategic Analysis reports. He worked with the late Levy Distinguished Scholar Wynne Godley in the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Italy, as well as at the Levy Institute. His other research interests include economic growth, innovation, and regional convergence. He is also involved in projects on distance learning. His recent publications include 'U.S. Growth, the Housing Market, and the Distribution of Income', Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, 2008; and 'The U.S. Housing Market: A Stock-flow Consistent Approach', Ekonomia, 2007.

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