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April 25, 2013

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  Live Webcast
Ninth Annual Whitman Lecture: The Euro Crisis

Hans-Werner Sinn, Ifo Institute for Economic Research
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
12:30–2:00 p.m. (EDT)
  Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Sinn, president of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research, will deliver the Peterson Institute's annual Whitman Lecture, to be webcast live on May 1, 2013, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (EDT). His topic will be the euro crisis. Dr. Sinn is also the director of the Center for Economic Studies, and professor and chair for economics and public finance at the University of Munich, as well as founding CEO of CESifo Inc. A bestselling author and one of the most prominent voices in German economic policy, Bloomberg Markets Magazine included Dr. Sinn in its list of the "50 Most Influential in 2012." The Whitman Lecture series was created in 2001 by Robert and Marina von Neumann Whitman, who is a member of the Institute's Board of Directors.

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Evaluating Progress in Regulatory Reforms to Promote Financial Stability

Federal Reserve Governor Daniel K. Tarullo
Friday, May 3, 2013
12:30–2:00 p.m. (EDT)
  Federal Reserve Governor Daniel K. Tarullo will deliver a speech on "Evaluating Progress in Regulatory Reforms to Promote Financial Stability," which will be webcast live on May 3, 2013, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (EDT). Tarullo will examine the issues and difficulties surrounding implementation of reforms of bank capitalization and leverage enacted since 2008 and assess the lingering vulnerabilities of the current regulatory system to financial shocks.

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Payoff from the World Trade Agenda 2013

Gary Clyde Hufbauer, Jeffrey J. Schott, Cathleen Cimino, and Julia Muir
  Gary Clyde Hufbauer Jeffrey J. Schott Instead of abandoning the Doha Development Round as a lost cause, this report urges that trade negotiators take a fresh look at the negotiations and seize the opportunity for potential payoffs from seven agreements that could feasibly be concluded in 2013 and ratified in 2014. Three metrics are used to quantify potential benefits for the world that would be derived from these agreements: export gains, jobs supported, and GDP gains (or losses averted). If all seven agreements are ratified, the total global export gains over the medium term may exceed $2 trillion, total global jobs supported by export expansion could number 34 million, and global GDP gains combined with losses averted could amount to $2 trillion.

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As Other Nations Prosper, So Will United States

Robert Z. Lawrence and Lawrence Edwards
Published in the Miami Herald
  Robert Z. Lawrence President Obama's recent decision to negotiate broad new free trade agreements with Europe and several nations in the Pacific has revived the usual objections. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, in particular, raises the potential of deepening economic links between the United States, Mexico, Peru, and Chile, and the dynamic economies of East Asia with benefits for all involved. All the Obama trade initiatives are politically risky, however. Polls indicate that Americans continue to blame trade agreements and deficits for shrinking employment in manufacturing, for example. Lawrence and Edwards argue that trade with emerging economies has actually had very limited impact, and that a more significant cause of the declining US manufacturing base is that Americans spend more on services and less on manufacturing than in the past.

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>> See also Rising Tide: Is Growth in Emerging Economies Good for the United States?

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