Europe and the Euro: The way ahead

Panel Discussion | December 1 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | N270 Haas School of Business

 Barry Eichengreen, UC Berkeley; Gabriele Giudice, European Commission; Gérard Roland, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Haas School of Business

Ten years after the crisis struck the European economy, wind seems to be back in Europe’s sails. Economic growth is up, unemployment is down, investment is recovering, public finances are improving.

How can the European Union exploit this window of opportunity to strengthen the Economic and Monetary Union, increase the resilience of individual economies and relaunch economic and social convergence between its Member States?


Barry Eichengreen is the George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 1987. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (Cambridge, Massachusetts) and Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London, England). In 1997-98 he was Senior Policy Advisor at the International Monetary Fund. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (class of 1997). Professor Eichengreen is the convener of the Bellagio Group of academics and economic officials and chair of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Peterson Institute of International Economics. He has held Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships and has been a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Palo Alto) and the Institute for Advanced Study (Berlin). He is a regular monthly columnist for Project Syndicate.His books include Labor in the Era of Globalization, co-edited with Clair Brown and Michael Reich, Emerging Giants: China and India in the World Economy, co-edited with Poonam Gupta and Ranjiv Kumar, Fostering Monetary & Financial Cooperation in East Asia, co-edited with Duck-Koo Chung, What G20 Leaders Must Do to Stabilize Our Economy and Fix the Financial System, co-edited with Richard Baldwin, (e-book 2008), Rescuing Our Jobs and Savings: What G7/8 Leaders Can Do to Solve the Global Credit Crisis, co-edited with Richard Baldwin, (e-book 2008), Globalizing Capital: A History of the International Monetary System, Second Edition (2008), The European Economy since 1945: Coordinated Capitalism and Beyond (updated paperback edition) (2008), Bond Markets in Latin America: On the Verge of a Big Bang?, co-edited with Eduardo Borensztein, Kevin Cowan, and Ugo Panizza (2008), and China, Asia, and the New World Economy, co-edited with Charles Wyplosz and Yung Chul Park (2008).He was awarded the Economic History Association's Jonathan R.T. Hughes Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2002 and the University of California at Berkeley Social Science Division's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2004. He is also the recipient of a doctor honoris causa from the American University in Paris.


Gabriele Giudice works at the European Commission (DG ECFIN). He is currently Head of the unit working on EMU Deepening and the Macroeconomy of the Euro Area. Previously, he was assigned to the financial assistance programmes for Greece (2012-16, as EU Deputy Mission Chief) and Latvia (2009-12, as EU Mission Chief) - while heading the units carrying out the surveillance of Member States (Greece, UK, Sweden, the Baltic countries) - and led the unit in charge of the business-cycle analysis of EU economies (2008-09). He was also member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Joaquín Almunia, where he followed economic, budgetary and monetary issues in the EU and the euro area (2004-08), after having worked in ECFIN since 1994, including on the design and implementation of the Stability and Growth Pact, economic policy coordination and policy analysis. He was educated as an international economist at Bocconi University, Milan and at the Institute for International Policy Studies, Milan. His publications cover EU budgetary coordination and surveillance, and economic and budgetary developments and reforms in Latvia, the UK and Greece. Since 2016 he is editor of the Quarterly Review of the Euro Area.

Gérard Roland joined the Berkeley faculty as a professor in 2001. He received his PhD from Universite Libre de Bruxelles in 1988 and taught there from 1988-2001. Professor Roland is also a CEPR research fellow, where he was program director between 1995 and 2006. He serves as editor of the Journal of Comparative Economics, and was an associate editor for several other journals. Among Professor Roland's awards and honors are recipient of the Medal of the University of Helsinki, Officier de l'Ordre de Leopold II, and entry in "Who's Who in the World," "Who's Who in America," and Who's Who in Economics since 1776." He was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences in Stanford in 1998-1999. He was program chair of the Fifth Nobel symposium in Economics devoted to the Economics of Transition in 1999. He was named Jean Monnet Professor at Universite Libre de Bruxelles in 2001 and received an Honorary Professorship of Renmin University of China in 2002.

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