International Macro Finance Conference

November 30–December 1, 2018

(All day)

Gleacher Center, 450 Cityfront Plaza Dr, Chicago, IL 60611


Tarek Hassan, Boston University
Loukas Karabarbounis, University of Minnesota
Matteo Maggiori, Harvard University
Brent Neiman, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Technological change is leading to a world where markets for goods, services, assets, and workers are all becoming truly global. Research can play an important role in informing how businesses, consumers, and policymakers respond. This year’s conference, hosted by the Becker Friedman Institute’s International Economics Initiative, is intended to bring together a small group of faculty working at the intersection of international finance and international macro finance to discuss early stage research in an informal setting.

Previous Conference Agendas:  2017  •  2016  •  2015  •  2014  •  2013

Friday, November 30

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  

Welcome Lunch: Gleacher Center, Room 420

12:30 p.m.  

Program Begins: Gleacher Center, Room 408

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.           

Monetary Policy Spillovers through Invoicing Currencies
Tony Zhang, Boston University


1:30 – 1:40 p.m.              Break


1:40 – 2:40 p.m.             

Currency Choice in Contracts
Andres Drenik, Columbia University


2:40 – 2:50 p.m.              Break


2:50 – 3:50 p.m.             

An Equilibrium Model of the International Price System
Dmitry Mukhin, Yale University


3:50 – 4:00 p.m.              Break


4:00 – 5:00 p.m.             

Firm-Level Structural Change: Supply and Demand Effects of Financial Liberalization
Felipe Saffie, University of Maryland
Liliana Varela, University of Warwick


5:00 p.m.                       

Conference adjourns for the day

7:00 p.m.                        

Conference Dinner
The Albert, 228 East Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611

Saturday, December 1

Full-day program will be in Gleacher Center, Room 100

8:00 a.m.                        


8:30 – 9:30 a.m.             

A Theory of Foreign Exchange Interventions
Sebastián Fanelli, Princeton University
Ludwig Straub, Harvard University


9:30 – 9:45 a.m.              Break


9:45 – 10:45 a.m.           

Global Firms in Large Devaluations
Joaquin Blaum, Brown


10:45 – 11:00 a.m.          Break


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  

Global Banks and Systemic Debt Crises
Pablo Ottonello, University of Michigan
Diego Perez, New York University


12:00 – 1:15 p.m.           

The Macroeconomics of the Greek Depression
Rohan Kekre, University of Chicago


1:15 p.m.                        Conference concludes


November 30, 2018 (All day) December 1, 2018 (All day)