wiiw Spring Seminar 2019 (by invitation only)

04  April 2019    9:00 am

Ten Years after the Crisis: What is the 'New Normal' for CESEE?


Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Otto Wagner Platz 3, 1090 Vienna, Kassensaal.


We kindly ask you to register for the event.


Keynote speakers:
Robert B. Koopman, Chief Economist and Director of the Economic Research
and Statistics Division, WTO
Rosa Balfour, Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Experts of wiiw:
Richard Grieveson: Economic Prospects for CESEE
Sandra Leitner: The Race of the Machines against Demography
Isilda Mara: Trends in Europe's Inward and Outward Migration

The seminar will conclude with a panel discussion.

This year’s wiiw Spring Seminar will delve into the short- and long-term challenges faced by the global economy, and their implications for Central, East and Southeast European (CESEE) countries. First, the world order is changing with the rise of China and its global outreach in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative. Related to this, the post-war global trading architecture is under threat, challenged by important strategic shifts in the trade policies of major players, particularly the United States. Second, the EU is being challenged by economic and political developments, including the impact of Brexit and questions about its future political governance. A key development will be the upcoming elections of the European Parliament, which are likely to deepen existing (centrifugal) tensions across EU member states. Third, there are deeper and longer-term challenges for the global economy, including demographic change, migration, automation and digitalisation. These topics are particularly important for CESEE countries and their long-term convergence prospects.