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Global Economies at the Crossroads: Growing Together While Growing Apart?

2-3 May, 2019
Sveriges Riksbank
Stockholm, Sweden

SOLD OUT - Please email [email protected] to be placed on a waiting list.

Speakers | Program | Hotel / Travel

The National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and Sveriges Riksbank will co-host a global economic symposium at the Riksbank headquarters in Stockholm, May 2-3, 2019.

Arranged around the theme of "Global Economies at the Crossroads: Growing Together While Growing Apart?" the symposium will explore the critical challenges, emerging trends, and diverse factors shaping the United States and European economies in 2019 and beyond, and the implications these currents have for US and European businesses. To ensure a constructive and open exchange and maximum interaction amongst panelists and audience participants, the symposium is limited to a select group of business economists, policymakers, and economic and corporate leaders from the US and Europe. 

This is the fifth global symposium to be co-hosted by NABE; the first was conducted May 2015 in Munich, Germany in conjunction with the Deutsche Bundesbank, the second was conducted May 2016 in Paris, France in conjunction with the OECD, the third was in May 2017 at the Banca d'Italia in Rome, and the fourth was conducted in April 2018 at Banco de Espana in Madrid, Spain.  



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Thursday, May 2

12:00 PM-1:00 PM Registration / Check in at Riksbank

1:30 PM-1:35 PM Welcome / Introductions
T. Kevin Swift, CBE, NABE President and Chief Economist, American Chemistry Council

1:35 PM-2:30 PM Global Outlook Amid Shifting Trade Paradigms
Manuel Balmaseda, CBE, Chief Economist, CEMEX
Philip Hubbard
, CBE, CEO, Consensus Economics
Constance Hunter, CBE, NABE Vice President and Chief Economist, KPMG
Moderator: T. Kevin Swift, CBE, NABE President and Chief Economist, American Chemistry Council

2:30 PM-3:30 PM Tools for the Next Downturn (Monetary/Fiscal): What Has Worked, What Hasn't?
Karolina Ekholm,  Professor, Department of Economics, Stockholm University
Moderator: Jay Bryson, Managing Director and Acting Chief Economist, Wells Fargo Securities

3:30 PM-4:00 PM Coffee Break

4:00 PM-5:00 PM Brexit's Impact: Stronger EU or More Economic Fragmentation?
Daniel Gros, Director, CEPS
Lúcio Vinhas de Souza, Team Leader, European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission
Moderator: Ilan Kolet, Head of Inflation and Commodities Research, Fidelity Investments 

5:00 PM-6:00 PM Industrial Outlook as Supply Chains Shift
Bjorn Jonsson, Head of Industrial Automation, ABB
Emily Kolinski Morris, CBE, Chief Economist, Ford Motor Co.
Susan Lund, Partner, McKinsey & Company and McKinsey Global Institute
Moderator: William A. Strauss, CBE, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

6:30 PM-9:00 PM Offsite Reception and Dinner
Olli Rehn, Governor, Bank of Finland
Introduction:  Anna Breman, Chief Economist, Swedbank

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Friday, May 3

8:00 AM-9:15 AM Arrival and Coffee

9:15 AM-10:00 AM Keynote Address: Economic Development and Monetary Policy in a Small Open Economy
Stefan Ingves, Governor, Sveriges Riksbank
Introduction: T. Kevin Swift, CBE, NABE President and Chief Economist, American Chemistry Council

10:00 AM-11:00 AM Sustainable Finance and the Economics of Climate Change
Per Krusell, Professor of Economics, Stockholm University
Mark Palim, Deputy Chief Economist and Vice President, Fannie Mae
Moderator: Anna Breman, Chief Economist, Swedbank

11:00 AM-11:30 AM Coffee Break

11:30 AM-12:30 PM Cashless Societies? Impact of Digitization on Payments & Consumption Patterns
Adolfo Laurenti, CBE, European Principal Economist, Visa
Cecilia Skingsley, Deputy Governor, Riksbank
Anna-Lena Wretman, CEO, Getswish
Moderator: Meredith Beechey Österholm, Deputy Head of Department | Monetary Policy Department, Sveriges Riksbank

12:30 PM-1:35 PM Luncheon/Break

1:35 PM-2:35 PM  Sustainability of the Public and Private Global Debt Levels
José Luis Escrivá, Chair, Network of EU Independent Fiscal Institutions
Catherine L. Mann
, Global Chief Economist, Citi
Moderator: Marianne Nessén, Special Advisor to the Board, Riksbank

2:35 PM-3:35 PM Impact of Technology on Productivity and the Future of Work
John Fernald, Schroders Chaired Professor of European Competitiveness and Reform, INSEAD
Martin Fleming, VP, Chief Analytics Officer & Chief Economist, IBM
Moderator: Martin Flodén, Deputy Governor, Riksbank

3:35 PM-4:15 PM Break

4:15 PM-5:00 PM U.S. Keynote: Monetary Policy and the Outlook
Charles Evans, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Moderator: Anna Breman, Chief Economist, Swedbank

5:00 PM Wrap Up/Closing Remarks


The event fee is $225 USD. For non-NABE Members, the fee is $375 (includes one year membership).

The event has now reached capacity, and we are no longer accepting registrations. To be placed on the waiting list, please email [email protected]. 

Hotel / Travel

NABE and Riksbank have secured a limited number of discounted rooms starting at the rate of 2350 SEK for symposium attendees at Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

Hotel Diplomat
Strandvägen 7C 11456
Stockholm, Sweden 

To make a reservation, you can book online here or contact the hotel directly by email or phone:

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +46 8 459 68 01

If contacting the hotel, please be sure to mention code 1904NABE to receive the discounted rates. 

Please note: these rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.