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Ilene Grabel at Café Sci2

Making Sense out of the Global Financial Disorder

Tuesday 20 November 2012, 6:30 PM, at Brooklyn's near LoDo Denver


About the topic




Dr GrabelIlene Grabel is an Economist, Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and Co-Director of its MA program in Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration. She was designated the University Lecturer for 2011-12, and the United Methodist University Scholar/Teacher of the Year in 2005-2006. Grabel lectured at the Cambridge University Advancement Programme on Rethinking Development Economics--a program for young academic development economists from the developing world--since its founding. She has been a Research Scholar at the Political Economy Research Institute of the University of Massachusetts since 2007. Grabel is a member of the Task Force on Regulating Global Capital Flows for Long-Run Development, a project of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-range Future, Boston University. Grabel has worked as a consultant to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Conference on Trade and Economic Development (UNCTAD)/Group of 24, the UN University's World Institute for Development Economics Research and with various non-governmental organizations, such as ActionAID, the Bretton Woods Project, the Third World Network, and New Rules for Global Finance.

Dr. Grabel has lectured widely to academic audiences, to various bodies of the United Nations (including the Second Committee of the UN's General Assembly), has participated in the UN's Expert Group meeting on financial crisis, and has addressed the Central Bank of Costa Rica and most recently the Central Bank of the Argentine Republic on the occasion of its 75th anniversary. Her research has been published in numerous edited books and in academic journals such as Economia Informa, Cambridge Journal of Economics, World Development, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Post-Keynesian Economics, Feminist Economics, International Review of Applied Economics, Review of Radical Political Economics, Eastern Economics Journal, and Journal of Economic Issues. Her 2004 book (with Ha-Joon Chang), Reclaiming Development, has been translated into Korean, Turkish, Spanish, Portuguese, Tamil, Malayalam and Bahasa/Indonesian, and is set to be reissued in 2013. Grabel also writes on international finance, financial policy, and governance for the TripleCrisis blog.

About the topic

In this interactive discussion, economist Ilene Grabel will examine the most pressing policy dilemmas confronting the global financial system and policymakers around the world. She will discuss issues such as whether the US' QE1-3 really constitutes a "currency war" as many critics of the US Federal Reserve have argued; why the Eurozone crisis appears to be a slow motion Greek tragedy; whether the International Monetary Fund, the US dollar and the Chinese RMB are likely to have important roles in the global financial system in the coming years; and whether the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa really are the engines of a future global economic recovery.

Link to the Triple Crisis blog for which Dr. Grabel writes regularly.

An article about her work on the DU website in connection with a research award sheI received last year, which designated her the University Lecturer.

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