Webinar: Corona-crisis: Views from across the Atlantic

26  May 2020    4:00 pm CEST

US economists on the economic impact of the crisis and policy developments in the US and Europe


online event


The following questions will be addressed:

  • How does the unfolding Covid-19 crisis compare so far between the US and Europe?
  • How does the EMU/EU governance structure constrain monetary and fiscal responses compared to the US?
  • Which failures in policy can be/could have been avoided?
  • Which social and political outcomes do you expect on both sides of the Atlantic?
  • How will the US and European responses affect global economic and political relations?


Moderator: Michael Landesmann, wiiw Economist, former Scientific Director

Registration: https://my.demio.com/ref/IcrPAOaiaIERJQ9L​

The webinar will take place at 4:00 pm (Vienna), 10:00 am (Washington/Boston).

The presentation will be held in English.
Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Adam S. Posen has been president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics since January 2013. During Dr. Posen's presidency, the Peterson Institute has won global recognition as the leading independent think tank in international economics. Over his career, he has contributed to research and public policy regarding monetary and fiscal policies in the G-20, the challenges of European integration since the adoption of the euro, China-US economic relations, and developing new approaches to financial recovery and stability. In September 2009, Posen was appointed by the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer to serve a three-year term as an external voting member of the Bank of England's rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). He served seven terms as a member of the Panel of Economic Advisers to the U.S. Congressional Budget Office from 2005 to 2019.

Vivien A. Schmidt is Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Professor of International Relations in the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and Professor of Political Science at Boston University, as well as Founding Director of BU’s Center for the Study of Europe. Schmidt’s research focuses on European political economy, institutions, democracy, and political theory. Her latest  books include: Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone (forthcoming), Resilient Liberalism in Europe’s Political Economy (co-edited, 2013), Debating Political Identity and Legitimacy in the European Union (co-edited, 2011), Democracy in Europe (2006and The Futures of European Capitalism (2002). She was recently named a Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor.

Jeffry Frieden is Professor of Government at Harvard University. He specializes in the politics of international monetary and financial relations. Frieden is the author of Currency Politics: The Political Economy of Exchange Rate Policy  (2016); and (with Menzie Chinn) of Lost Decades: The Making of America's Debt Crisis and the Long Recovery (2011). Frieden is also the author of Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century (2006), of Banking on the World: The Politics of American International Finance (1987), of Debt, Development, and Democracy: Modern Political Economy and Latin America, 1965‑1985 (1991), and is the co-author or co-editor of over a dozen other books on related topics. His articles on the politics of international economic issues have appeared in a wide variety of scholarly and general-interest publications.

Michael Landesmann is Senior Research Associate at wiiw and Professor of Economics at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. He was Scientific Director of wiiw from 1996 to 2016. His research focuses on East–West economic integration, structural change, economic growth, general topics in international economic relations, globalisation and labour markets and migration. He was a member of the Group of Economic Policy Advisors under the chairmanship of former EU Commission President Romano Prodi and participated in and coordinated a wide range of EU projects on different aspects of European integration. He has a D.Phil. from Oxford University, was a Lecturer, Fellow and Senior Research Officer at Cambridge University and held Visiting Professorships at Harvard University.