The Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) held its semiannual Global Economic Prospects event on October 8, 2019. Karen Dynan shared her insights on the global economic outlook, Maury Obstfeld discussed how the international environment should affect monetary policy at the US Federal Reserve, and Jean-Pisani Ferry covered economic conditions in major EU economies.
Karen Dynan was assistant secretary for economic policy and chief economist at the US Department of the Treasury from 2014 to 2017, leading the analysis of economic conditions and development of policies to address the nation’s economic challenges. From 2009 to 2013, she was vice president and codirector of the economic studies program at the Brookings Institution.
Maurice Obstfeld has been affiliated with the Institute since February 2019. He is the Class of 1958 Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 1991. He served at the International Monetary Fund as economic counsellor and director of the research department from 2015 to 2018 and as a member of the US president's Council of Economic Advisors from 2014 to 2015.
Jean Pisani-Ferry is currently a visiting fellow at PIIE. He holds the Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa chair of the European University Institute in Florence and is a senior fellow at Bruegel, of which he was the founding director from 2005 to 2013. From 2013 to 2016, he served as commissioner-general of France Stratégie, the ideas lab of the French government.