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Philip Lane Discourse


Thursday, February 13, 2020, 18:00


Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2


Full price €10 Concession Price (Student, retired, unemployed) €6.00 Members of the Academy contact

Philip Lane MRIA, European Central Bank will be in conversation with Alan Barrett MRIA, Director, ESRI. 

This interview style conversation will explore the priorities in European economic policy in the aftermath of Brexit; prospects for the European economy and implications for Ireland; the role of Central Banks in the context of an economic slowdown; the role of Central Banks in the context of climate change; and the Discipline of Economics ten years after the crisis.  This Discourse is part of our 2019/20 Series sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran.

About the Speaker

Philip R. Lane MRIA joined the European Central Bank as a Member of the Executive Board in 2019. He is responsible for the Directorate General Economics and the Directorate General Monetary Policy. Before joining the ECB, he was the Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland. He has also chaired the Advisory Scientific Committee and Advisory Technical Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board and was Whately Professor of Political Economy at Trinity College Dublin. He is also a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he was awarded a PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1995 and was Assistant Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Columbia University from 1995 to 1997, before returning to Dublin. In 2001 he was the inaugural recipient of the Bernácer Prize for outstanding contributions to European monetary economics.

Alan Barrett MRIA is director of the Economic and Social Research Institute. In addition to his many academic papers on issues such as immigration and population ageing, he has contributed significantly to economic policy in Ireland. He was a member of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council and is currently a member of the Climate Change Advisory Council. He has chaired the annual National Economic Dialogue since 2015.

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