Upcoming Events

Alternatives to the IMF: The Case of the European Monetary Fund
Center for Finance, Law and Policy
May 3, 2017

Leo Hoffman-Axthelm of Transparency International and Dr. Cornel Ban discussion about the European Monetary Fund, focusing on the emergence of the ESM, the politics behind it, and its track record thus far.

GEGI’s Spring Seminar Series on Development Bank and Sustainable Development
Pardee School of Global Studies
Fridays February, March and April, 2017

Past Events

GEGI’s Fall Seminar Series on Economic Development in Latin America
Pardee School of Global Studies

Fridays September, October, November and December, 2016

Diversifying China’s FOREX Reserves and Development Strategy
Pardee School of Global Studies

November 2, 2016

Min Ye and Yongzhong Wang discuss their new research projects

Development Financial Institutions in the Global South, workshop
BU Castle
October 12, 2016

The Global Economic Governance Initiative (GEGI), hosted the launch of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report on October 11, 2016. The launch was followed by a workshop on the trade and development report as well as a reception for workshop participants and Boston University alumni.

Launch of the Trade and Development Report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Pardee School of Global Studies
October 11, 2016

The workshop was attended by Pardee School faculty, GEGI researchers, UNCTAD economists and representatives from developmental financial institutions from around the world.

Financing China’s Expanding Role in Global Energy
Center for Strategic and International Studies
July 13, 2016

Kevin Gallagher and  Bo Kong discuss the role of Chinese state financing in global energy development and present findings from two of their recently published studies: ‘Fueling Growth and Financing Risk’ and ‘The Globalization of Chinese Energy Companies’.

Spring Seminar Series on Development Banks and Sustainable Development
February 5, 12, 19 and 26; March 4 and 25, and April 1 and 15, 2016.

During the next months GEGI will be holding a series of conferences by several experts on the fields of Finance and Development such as Janine Ferretti, from the Inter-America Development Bank or Min Ye, from Boston University.The first conference will take place on February 5th, where Rogerio Studart, from Brookings Institution and now also Senior Visitor Fellow at GEGI, will talk about “The World Bank Reform and the 2008 Crisis”.

The China Triangle: Latin America’s China Boom and the Fate of the Washington Consensus
Pardee School of Global Studies

April 11, 2016

Kevin P. Gallagher talks about his new book

Interpreting Chinese Finance in Latin America
The Dialogue, Washington DC
February 11, 2016

Kevin P. Gallagher, Fei Yuan and Margaret Myers present the 2015 China-Latin America Finance Database

Inter-American Dialogue, Washington DC
November 30, 2015

Kevin Gallagher and Fei Yuan present GEGI’s new report  “Greening Development Finance in the Americas”

Fall Seminar Series on Development Banks and Sustainable Development
October 16, 28 and November 16, 2015

GEGI will hold a seminal series in the fall of 2015 that focuses on Development Banks and Sustainable Development. These seminars will take feature talks by Bo Kong, from GEGI and UO (October 16, China’s Development Banks and the Globalization of Chinese Energy Policy), Cinnamon Dornsife, from ADIB and SAIS (October 28, The Battle for Development Finance in Asia: Can the AIIB and the ADB Coexist?), Amar Batthacharya and Rogerio Studart, from Brooking Institutions (November 16, The New Development Banks: Opportunities and Challenges).

Rachel Thrasher (GEGI) talks at the Conference on Sovereign Debt Restructuring
Columbia University, New York
September 22, 2015

The Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)’s Global Economy Program and Columbia University’s Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) are holding a conference on Sovereign Debt Restructuring on September 22, 2015. The conference will summarize lessons learned over the past year of discussions led by key international organizations and think tanks, and aim to provide guidance to policymakers and inform the ongoing discussions at the United Nations on how to implement a multinational legal framework for sovereign debt restructuring.

Talk Summary:
In a world where 80 percent of global GDP will be covered by United States-driven investment agreements, we ask to what extent the sovereign debt restructuring regime is seeping into the international investment regime. We’ve found that the lack of a formal sovereign debt restructuring mechanism has made away for international investment agreements to begin to exercise de facto control over the SDR process. We recommend that policymakers carefully constrain the reach of international investment agreements into the arena of SDR by excluding it from the definition of “investment” or safeguarding it within the agreement.

China and Latin America: Seeking a Path to Sustainable Development
Wilson Center, Washington DC
April 16, 2015

The rise of China has been a boon to the economies of Latin America for more than a decade, with Chinese investment particularly active in the energy and mining sectors. However, these investments have triggered a new round of environmental degradation and social conflict, which many Latin American governments have failed to manage properly.

At this meeting, speakers will debut a new report that examines not only the environmental conflicts linked to Chinese investment, but also highlight innovative steps taken by Latin American governments and Chinese companies in search of a more balanced approach to commodity-led growth and sustainable development.

Ruling Capital: Emerging Markets and the Reregulation of Global Finance
Video and Summary from the Center for International Governance Innovation

March 17, 2015

Kevin P. Gallagher shows how emerging markets were able to re-regulate cross-border finance in the wake of the financial crisis, and carve out more space for such regulations in international institutions such as the IMF and the G-20—despite the fact that they remain underdogs in the global financial system. Such re-regulation was an important step forward, but is still far from the optimal measures necessary to regulate global finance. For the system to work, there will need to be cooperation between emerging markets and industrialized countries alike.

Emerging Markets and the Reregulation of Cross-Border Finance
February 2015

Kevin Gallagher speaks to the Institute for New Economic Thinking

25 Years after 1989, Do East Europeans Live Better?
December 10, 2014

The aftermath of communism dashed many hopes about immediate and substantial improvements in living standards across the former Eastern Bloc. Twenty-five years later, it has become clear that the region looks more like a mosaic. A talk on the topic will be presented by Cornel Ban, Assistant Professor at the Pardee School of Global Studies.

Has the Crisis Changed the IMF?
November 20, 2014

Join us for a lunch discussion on what changed in the IMF since the 2008 crisis, what hasn’t and why. The discussion is based around a forthcoming special issue of Governance co-edited by Pardee School professors Cornel Ban and Kevin Gallagher. Ban and Gallagher’s presentations will be followed by the remarks of Strom Thacker, professor of political science at the Pardee School and Alasdair Roberts, professor of public policy at Suffolk University and editor of Governance.

Managing Financial Globalization in China
October 3, 2014

BU’s Global Economic Governance Initiative (GEGI), in partnership with the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University and the Institute for World Economics and Politics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, recently published a new report titled “Capital Account Liberalization in China: The Need for a Balanced Approach.” The result of a collaborative workshop at BU with experts from academia, governments, the International Monetary Fund, and the Bank for International Settlements, this report reflects on the experiences that emerging markets have had with capital account liberalization in past decades, so that China can avoid pitfalls as it opens its financial system in the decades to come. The report is the third in a series of Pardee Task Force Reports on “Managing Capital Flows for Long-Run Development.”

Spring Seminar Series on China’s Global Reach
February 25, March 25, April 22, 2014

As part of GEGI’s “China’s Global Reach” project, GEGI will hold a seminar series in the spring of 2014 that focuses on China’s role in Latin America. These lunch seminars will take feature talks by Min Ye (February 25, China Invests Overseas: Regulation and Representation), Kevin Gallagher and Rebecca Ray (March 25, China in Latin America: Implications for Sustainable Development), and Amos Irwin and Kevin Gallagher (April 22, Exporting National Champions: China’s OFDI Lending in Comparative Perspective).

Min Ye Presentation
Kevin Gallagher and Rebecca Ray Presentation
Amos Irwin and Kevin Gallagher Presentation

Chinese Finance in Latin America: What Happened in 2013?
April 7, 2014

Kevin Gallagher will be speaking at the Inter-American Dialogue. The event will highlight key trends in Chinese finance over the past year and will coincide with the launch of an updated version of the China and Latin America Finance Database.

Rompiendo Mitos: China en América Latina, Expert Meeting Launches China Working Group in Peru
March 11, 2014

In March, a group of international researchers got together for the inaugural meeting of the Working Group on Chinese Investment in Latin America. At the meeting, experts from eight countries presented their research on the wide-ranging social and environmental impacts of the recent surge in Chinese investment. The group presented some of their findings at a public event, “Rompiendo Mitos: China en América Latina,” at the Universidad del Pacífico. A policy report will be released in the fall, with case studies published on the web and in a book volume.

Capital Account Liberalization in China: Learning Lessons
February 13, 2014

Co-sponsored by the Institute for World Economics and Politics (IWEP) at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and Columbia University’s Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD)

Fall Seminar Series on China’s Global Reach
September 20, October 25, November 22, 2013

As part of GEGI’s “China’s Global Reach” project, GEGI will hold a seminar series in the fall of 2013 that focuses on China’s role in Latin America. These lunch seminars will take place on September 20 (Tatiana Didier, World Bank) , October 25 (Barbara Stallings, Brown University), and November 22 (Margaret Meyers, Inter-American Dialogue).

Tatiana Didier Presentation
Barbara Stallings Presentation
Margaret Myers Presentation

IMF Event: Capital Flow Management and the Trading System
October 28, 2013

In June 2012, the Global Economic Governance Initiative at Boston University’s Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future – along with the Center for the Study of State and Society from Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Global Development and Environment Institute from Tufts University – convened a workshop of the Task Force on Regulating Global Capital Flows to perform a compatibility review of the regimes for regulating cross-border finance and for international trade and investment. The Inter-Governmental Group of Twenty Four (G-24) will host a seminar with Task Force Members to discuss the findings of the review and the implications for G-24 countries.

UNCTAD-GEGI Workshop on Regulating Capital Flows
October 3 – 4, 2013

This two-day workshop brought together policy-makers, negotiators, and experts on cross-border financial flows to assess the rationale for capital account regulations and best practice for their use, as well as discussed the proper global economic governance structures needed to facilitate the proper regulation of cross-border finance.