Events for 2011
The Institute for Economic Policy Studies will host a conference
with the theme "Battered by the Global Financial Crisis: How will
To see a preliminary outline of the conference click
Institute for Economic Policy Studies will offer a panel
discussion on the book This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of
Financial Folly by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff at the
69th International Atlantic Economic Society Conference in Prague,
Czech Republic. The session will be held on March 27.
Brief description of the round table discussion:
Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff in their
2009 volume, "This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial
Folly," challenge the maintained hypothesis that the financial
crisis that best the global economy (the developed, the emerging
economies and the developing countries) in the 2000s, differs from
financial crises encountered earlier in this century and/or in
previous centuries. To make their case, they have provided a
systematic and quantitative analysis covering nearly eight centuries
and sixty six countries. They examine the patterns of currency
crashes, hyperinflation episodes, government defaults on their debt
obligations as well as cycles in housing and equity prices.
The round table panel will put the authors’
quantitative findings in country-episode specific perspective. Given
that the episodes and data pertain to both developed and developing
economies and that countries experiences differ not only time wise
but also in terms of the factors that precipitated the crisis, the
panel will sort out factors that precipitated crisis in selected
developing economies and contrast those factors with those
precipitating the crisis in the 21st century.
To see a summary of the conference
The participants are the following:
Attiat F. Ott, Clark University—U.S.A, Chair
- Nevila Nace, Bank of America--USA, Panelist
- Chyanda Querido, Bank of America--USA, Panelist
- Nicole Bissessar, Kent State University,--USA, Panelist
- Ludvig O. Dittrich, Czech University of Life Sciences--Czech
The Institute for Economic Policy Studies hosted a conference with the collaboration of the University of Botswana (at the University of Botswana in August 2008). The conference theme is “Developing a Continent: Who is in Charge?” .
To see the participants and the papers presented see the
See summary of the conference
To see "Is Economic Integration the Solution to African
Development?" by Attiat F. Ott click
On October 9, 2007, the Institute sponsored a Conference session titled "State Paternalism: A Case of Externalities or Internalities" at The 64th International Atlantic Economic Conference in Savannah, Georgia. See Program. The Participants and papers presented are the following:
- Attiat F. Ott, Clark University—U.S.A., State Paternalism and Rules of Reason.
- Bonnie Orcutt, Worcester State College—U.S.A., Paternalism and Development: Should Government Choices Preempt Individual Choices?
- Richard J. Cebula, Armstrong Atlantic State University—U.S.A., State Imposed Solutions to Externalities: Impact of Pollution Abatement Costs on Employment.
- Chyanda M. Querido, Clark University—U.S.A., Third-Party Effects: A Bargaining Solution to Internalities in a Model with Multiple Selves.
- Sheila Vegari, La Salle University—U.S.A., Does Neuroeconomics Explain Libertarian Paternalism?
From July 20th until August 4th, 2006 the Institute hosted the first African Outreach Program - "Democracy, Liberty and Development". On the evening of July 20th the Honorable Joseph Pare, Minister of Secondary, Higher Education and Scientific Research of Burkina Faso, delivered the keynote address, which took place at the Worcester Club. See video.
Participants from Burkina Faso, Ghana and Senegal, along with American Scholars participated in the two weeks program. See the African Outreach Program. The participants are also listed. Highlights of the Program are given in slides (B. Orcutt - The Rise of Microfinance; J. Cabral - Surtax Removal, Rice Sector and Migration in the River Area in Senegal; P. Quartey - Innovative Ways of Making Aid Effective in Ghana; T. Antwi-Asare - Globalisation employment and poverty in Ghana; El Hadji Sall- Reduction of Corruption in Africa: A Tremendous Challenge; A. Ott - General Session).
On September 13, 2004, a preliminary meeting was held to launch the Institute for Economic Policy Studies and to elect the Board of Directors. The Institute President outlined the raison d’etre for establishing the Institute. President Remarks.
On October 21, 2005, the President of the Institute announced at the dedication of the Attiat F. Ott Seminar Room, JC Hall, Room 117, at Clark University, that the Institute has received funding from the Earhart Foundation in support of the Institute African Outreach Program