Impact Investing

Brian Trelstad, Visiting Lecturer at Princeton and Partner at Bridges Ventures, will speak about "Impact Investing." JC de Swaan, Princeton University and  Partner at Cornwell Capital, will facilitate the discussion.

Can flexible contracts unleash the transformative power of microfinance? Theory and Experimental Evidence

Despite the almost universal acclaim for the "microfinance revolution," evidence shows that while there is no doubt that microfinance has a positive impact, it falls short of the longed-for tranformative impact on the lives of the poor.  Why is this so? Can financial innovations, such as repayment flexibility in loan contracts, spur business growth and help break the poverty cycle?  Using economic theory and experimental evidence, Giorgia Barboni, JRCPPF Post-Doctoral Research Associate sheds new light on these important policy questions.  

The State of Abenomics

Professor Takatoshi Ito, expert on international finance, macroeconomics, and the Japanese economy, is currently a professor at School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Previously he was Professor at the Graduate School of Economics at the University of Tokyo. 

Europe and the Challenges of BREXIT

The people of the United Kingdom will decide on June 23 whether to leave the EU.  This decision has enormous implications not only for Great Britain and the other EU member countries but for the world as whole.  The implications of a BREXIT will be  discussed at a conference on April 15 on the Princeton campus.  The conference will feature Lord Lawson (former Bristish Chancellor of the Exchequer), Lord Owen (former British Foreign Secretary), Sir Paul Tucker (former Bank of England)  and leading historians, political scientist as economist from Princeton University, Sciences Po, University

Public Policy Delivery Through Private Investment - EBRD Region - Philip Bennett *79

Philip Bennett is the First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).  He chairs the Operations Committee which reviews all investment and loan proposals before consideration by the Board of Directors and oversees the formulation of the Bank's strategy. Mr Bennett has more than 30 years of experience in the global financial markets, working primarily with Citigroup and its predecessor companies, Salomon Brothers and Salomon Smith Barney.

Lunch-Timer "Populism and Debt: is Europe different from the U.S.?" - Jean-Pierre Landau

Jean-Pierre Landau is currently Associate Professor of Economics at SciencesPo (Paris) and former Dean of the School of Public Affairs. He is at work on a book about the Eurozone crisis with Princeton's Markus Brunnermeier and Harold James.

In the past, Landau served as executive director of both the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and deputy governor of the Banque de France.  He has also been a visiting lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School.


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