The European Economic Association

Panel Sessions

Monday, August 24, 14:00 - 15:00

Panellists: Dan Hamermesh (Barnard College and IZA) and Dina Pomeranz (University of Zurich)

Chair: Robert Dur (ERASMUS University Rotterdam)

  • Academic economists in the media: How can we communicate more effectively?

Academic economists often appear in traditional media outlets, such as newspapers, tv, and radio, to comment on a current economic issue or to communicate their research findings. There is also a strong presence of academic economists on social media, particularly on Twitter. Both traditional and social media give academic economists an opportunity to explain economics to a much larger audience than they typically serve. However, it is not always clear  whether and how to comment on an issue in the media, what types of research findings merit wide dissemination, how to handle various kinds of media, and how to deal with responses, in particular on social media.  In this session, two highly experienced academic economists share a few key lessons about how to communicate more effectively about economics in the media. Professor Daniel Hamermesh (Barnard College and IZA, and author of " Maximizing the Substance in the Soundbite: A Media Guide for Economists", JEE 2004) will focus on traditional media, while Professor Dina Pomeranz (University of Zurich, and highly influential on Twitter with more than 50,000 followers) will focus on social media. The session is moderated by Professor Robert Dur (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and is a joint initiative of the European Economic Association and the Royal Dutch Economic Association. There will be around 20 minutes of Q&A after the session.


Tuesday, August 25, 13:30 - 14:30

  • How to Survive on the Academic Job Market (organised by the EAYE)

Looking for a job is a very important step in the career of a young economist. Every year thousands of new jobs appear on the market with thousands of PhD students competing for them (Cawley 2016). So how can you make YOUR job market experience a success? The junior academic job market is a key element for young Economists and continuously evolving. In Europe preparation and knowledge about the US and the European job market varies substantially between universities and countries. The topic of how to survive in the academic job market is complex and job candidates face high time costs to independently compile information from various sources. This year the Corona pandemic is complicating the job market even further. The aim of this panel is to provide different insights on the academic job market offered by experienced senior economists from the preparation and hiring side and from recent job market candidates.

Confirmed Participants:
Eliana La Ferrara (Bocconi University, Milan)
Chris Roth (University of Warwick)
Paolo Pinotti (Bocconi University, Milan)
Nezih Guner (CEMFI)

Anna Maria Koukal (Co-president EAYE)
Gregor von Schweinitz (EAYE Board)


Wednesday, August 26, 13:30 - 14:30

  • Roundtable on Monetary Policy, Low Interest Rates and Risk Taking (organised by the European Central Bank)

Isabel Schnabel (Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank)
Tobias Adrian (Financial Counsellor and Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department of the International Monetary Fund)
Rafael Repullo (Professor of Economics and Director, Center for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI)

We live in a world of low and declining interest rates. There is an increasing debate on the macroeconomic implications of such low rates. In particular, there is concern that low interest rates may have undesirable effects on risk-taking and, ultimately, on financial stability. This roundtable will focus on the consequences of low interest rates for stability and growth and, in particular, on their implications for the conduct of monetary policy.

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