The panel will discuss blockchain, how it works and the potential it holds to disrupt many existing internet products and services. They will also discuss the opportunities and threats arising out of this, particularly in relation to data privacy and the future of the data driven business model of the internet.
Professor Kooths argued that after five years of strong economic growth, the German economy is at risk of overheating. German companies have expressed concerns that they are close to productive capacity and the German economy last year surpassed its potential growth rate of about 1.5 per cent for a fourth consecutive year. Professor Kooths argued that there is a risk that policymakers will misallocate resources into spending programmes, which could lead to inflation, whereas the economy requires structural reform.
About the Speaker:
Stefan Kooths holds an MSc (1993) and a PhD (1998) in economics from the University of Münster in Germany. He joined the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in 2010. Since 2014, he has been Head of the Forecasting Center, the Institute’s macroeconomic think tank and business cycle analysis unit. In 2013, he was appointed Professor of Economics at the University of Applied Sciences Europe in Berlin, where he initiated Europe’s first Master Program in Entrepreneurial Economics.
In his presentation, Mr. Sandbu outlined his view on the current debate on deepening of EMU. He will made the case that the current trend among EU decision makers to respond to problems by creating centrally controlled instruments is not always the appropriate response. He further argued the case for developing ‘coalitions of the willing’ for deeper cooperation in specific policy areas.
About the Speaker:
Martin Sandbu has been writing about economics for the FT since 2009, when he joined the paper as Economics Leader Writer. He now writes the FT’s Free Lunch column. Before joining the FT, he taught and carried out research at Harvard, Columbia and Wharton, and has advised governments and NGOs on natural resources and economic development. He is the author of two books, ‘Just Business: Arguments in Business Ethics’ and ‘Europe’s Orphan: The Future of the Euro and the Politics of Debt’. He holds degrees from Oxford and Harvard.