Rethinking economic policy: Steering structural change


April 16, 12:50 PM EDT to April 17, 2024, 5:25 PM EDT
PIIE Webcast, Washington, DC

Conference jointly organized by the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF)


Opening Remarks

Tuesday April 16, 2024, 12:50 PM EDT

Opening Remarks 
Adam S. Posen, PIIE 

Welcome and introduction
Kristalina Georgieva, IMF

Session 1. Setting the stage and considerations for the future

Tuesday April 16, 2024, 1:00 PM EDT

Chair: Adam S. Posen, PIIE


Session 2. The historical experience 

Tuesday April 16, 2024, 2:15 PM EDT

Chair: Maurice Obstfeld, PIIE, University of California, Berkeley


Session 3. The political dimension

Tuesday April 16, 2024, 3:45 PM EDT

Chair: Ceyla Pazarbasioglu, IMF


Session 4. Globalization and its future

Tuesday April 16, 2024, 4:50 PM EDT

Chair: Mary E. Lovely, PIIE, Syracuse University


Fireside chat

Tuesday April 16, 2024, 6:00 PM EDT

Session 1. Policy tools to support structural change

Wednesday April 17, 2024, 9:00 AM EDT

Chair: Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, IMF


Session 2. The green transformation

Wednesday April 17, 2024, 10:15 AM EDT

Chair: Olivier Blanchard, PIIE


Session 3. Technology

Wednesday April 17, 2024, 11:30 AM EDT

Chair: Reinhilde Veugelers, PIIE, KULeuven


Session 4. The financial sector

Wednesday April 17, 2024, 1:15 PM EDT

Chair: Tobias Adrian, IMF


Session 5. The return of industrial policy 

Wednesday April 17, 2024, 2:20 PM EDT

Chair: Ricardo Hausmann, Harvard University


Session 6. Practitioners panel

Wednesday April 17, 2024, 3:35 PM EDT

Chair: Soumaya Keynes, Financial Times


Session 7. Closing

Wednesday April 17, 2024, 4:55 PM EDT


Event Summary

With societies bound to undergo massive structural changes in the context of the green energy transition, technological advances, and turbulent geopolitical relations, the "Rethinking economic policy: Steering structural change" conference takes stock of the challenges ahead, and rethinks how policies can support and steer the looming transformations and overcome political economy obstacles, and ensure broadly shared benefits. 

The conference includes a series of engaging panels with a stellar cast of speakers and moderators.

Discussion topics include:

  • The political dimension of structural policies
  • Policy tools to support structural change
  • The green energy transition
  • Globalization and its future
  • The return of industrial policy

Select speakers: 

  • Angus Deaton (Princeton University)
  • Melissa Dell (Harvard University)
  • Gita Gopinath (IMF)
  • Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas (IMF)
  • Maurice Obstfeld (PIIE)
  • Adam S. Posen (PIIE)
  • Nicholas Stern (London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • Michael Spence (Stanford University)
  • Laura Tyson (University of California, Berkeley)