April 2011

Adair Turner on What an Economy Should Achieve

By Steve Clemons

Cross-posted from The Washington Note

UK Financial Services Authority Chief Lord Adair Turner gave a thoughtful, long, but probing and reflective talk about what economic and financial regulation should be trying to achieve. One of the parts of his talk that I liked very much was his open query about the appropriateness of economic growth that is unattached to quality of life, jobs and happiness.

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Gordon Brown Interview

Rob Johnson interviews Gordon Brown at Bretton Woods, April 9, 2011. The remarkable international cooperation of the G20 during the financial crisis paves the way for further cooperation to engage the challenges that now face us. Read more

Bloomberg interviews Kenneth Rogoff

Via Bloomberg:

Harvard University professor Kenneth Rogoff talks about the need for changes in the U.S. tax system, currency markets and the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing policy. Rogoff speaks with Sara Eisen at the Bretton Woods conference in New Hampshire on Bloomberg Television's "Street Smart." Carol Massar and Matt Miller also speak.

Bloomberg Interviews George Soros

Via Bloomberg:

Billionaire investor George Soros talks about China's economic growth and inflation. Soros also discusses the European Central Bank's decision to raise its benchmark interest rate and the U.S. dollar. He speaks with Michael McKee and Sara Eisen at the Bretton Woods conference in New Hampshire on Bloomberg Television's "Street Smart." Bloomberg's Matt Miller also speaks.

Bloomberg Interviews Henry Kaufman

Via Bloomberg:

Henry Kaufman, president of Henry Kaufman & Co., talks about the outlook for increasing the U.S. debt ceiling and his view of the U.S. banking industry. He speaks with Michael McKee at the Bretton Woods conference in New Hampshire on Bloomberg Television's "Street Smart."

Dissident vs Mainstream Tension at New Economic Thinking Conference

By Steve Clemons

Cross-posted from The Washington Note

I've been spending a lot of time with a variety of economists -- mainstream and dissident -- at the Bretton Woods forum organized this week by the Institute for New Economic Thinking.

I think that the conference and discussion are first rate. The UK's Financial Services Authority chief Lord Adair Turner gave a real tour de force last night (will post video soon) on the key economic questions that need to be rethought. Read more

Bretton Woods Blogging: Old Economic Thinking Is New, or Is It that New Economic Thinking Is Old?

By Brad DeLong

Cross-posted from Brad's blog

Mark Thoma cracks:

Economist's View: Re-Kindleberger: I've learned that new economic thinking means reading old books.

Okay, that's not quite fair, but one of the themes of the Institute for New Economic Thinking conference I'm at has been to reintroduce economic history into the undergraduate and graduate programs. As I've noted here many times in the past, I think that's a good idea, and not just a course on the history of economic thought. There's also a lot to learn from studying the economic history of the US and other countries.

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Students in Bretton Woods: The Next Generation of Economic Thinking

It’s day two of INET’s Conference in Bretton Woods and a new energy has filled the halls and sessions with the arrival of nearly thirty student attendees.

The future our economic system ultimately lies in the hands of the next generation, and this year INET invited select students to attend the conference, kicking off their first session with the other conference delegates over lunch with Gordon Brown, the former Prime Minister of the UK. Read more