Stefan Kooths, Head of Forecasting Center, Kiel Institute for the World Economy
IIEA12th April 20181min

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.

Martin Sandbu, Economics Commentator, Financial Times
IIEA12th April 20181min



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.

Cian McCarthy13th September 20175min

On Wednesday, 13 September 2017, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered the annual State of the Union address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The speech, and the subsequent debate by the European Parliament, are intended to give MEPs the opportunity to review, critique and shape the policy programme of the European Commission for the coming year. The State of the Union has been held annually in September since 2010, when it was instituted by the Lisbon Treaty.

Jonathan Portes
IIEA13th September 20171min

In his address to the Institute, Professor Portes discussed the economic and political implications of Brexit for the UK. He assessed the short-term economic impacts of various scenarios for the current negotiations between the UK and the European Union, ranging from “chaotic Brexit” to a “velvet divorce”. He also examined the longer-term economic impacts on the UK, with a particular focus on immigration and labour mobility.

Jeremy Browne
IIEA18th July 20171min

As a financial services capitol London has benefitted greatly from the UK’s EU membership. However, after the UK leaves the EU in 2019 its financial services sector could lose access to the EU Single Market in services. In his address to the IIEA Jeremy Browne set out the views of the City of London Corporation on the post-Brexit future of London’s financial services sector.