2016 USI FUS International Meeting

Keynes’s General Theory eighty years later: What lessons for the contemporary world?

Friday, September 16, 2016

Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) – Room A31 (Red building)

9:00-16:00 (Registration begins at 8:30)

The events of the Global Financial Crisis that led to the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression have seriously challenged the validity of well-established, orthodox policy models, and have offered an opportunity to revive Keynesian policies. Concurrently, however, the meagre success of the—seemingly—massive use of macroeconomic policies has challenged the belief that stronger policy intervention can be the answer to what has been named “secular stagnation”. On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the publication of Keynes’s masterpiece and the 70th anniversary of his death, the Istituto di Economia Politica of the Università della Svizzera italiana and the Department of Economics and Finance of Franklin University Switzerland have opened a forum for discussion of this question that is highly relevant to the world and the European economy, and thus to an open economy like Switzerland. Is Keynes’s General Theory still relevant to understand policy effectiveness, to reform the currency union in Europe, or to rethink our current policy models?


Speakers: Riccardo Bellofiore, University of Bergamo, Italy; Alvaro Cencini, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland; Nadia Garbellini, University of Bergamo, Italy; Claude Gnos, University of Bourgogne, France; Marc Lavoie, University of Ottawa, Canada and University of Paris 13, France; Virginie Monvoisin, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France ; Louis-Philippe Rochon, Laurentian University, Canada; Sergio Rossi, University of Fribourg, Switzerland; Andrea Terzi, Franklin University Switzerland, Switzerland; Guillaume Vallet, University of Grenoble, France and University of Geneva, Switzerland.