19 May 2021, 6:30 pm
19 May 2021, 7:30 pm

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On the one hand, we will talk about politics in the pandemic and what could have been done better from an economic point of view. Then, we look to the future and the (macro-)economic challenges we will face when the pandemic-related restrictions are lifted.

  • How great is the risk that we will have to expect a return of inflation due to pent-up demand and extremely expansionary monetary policy?
  • How long should we expect zero interest rates? How should we deal with the rise in government debt?
  • Do we need new taxes, should German politicians quickly return to the debt brake?
  • And from a European perspective, how should we view the fact that the Next Generation European Union Fund is now being used to build up community debt at the European level?
  • Is this a step toward more fiscal cooperation in Europe, a “Hamiltonian moment”, or the beginning of a new era of redistribution?

About the experts

Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Sinn – Born in 1948, he studied economics at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster. He received his doctorate in 1978 and his habilitation in 1983 at the University of Mannheim. From 1984 to 2016, he was Professor of Economics and Finance at Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich. In addition, he held visiting professorships and research positions at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, the London School of Economics, and the Universities of Bergen, Stanford, Princeton, and Jerusalem.
From 1999 to 2016, Hans-Werner Sinn was president of the ifo Institute, served as director of the Center for Economic Studies (CES) at LMU, and was managing director of CESifo GmbH, a joint initiative of LMU and the ifo Institute.

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Althammer – After studying economics at the University of Regensburg and habilitating at the Viadrina about the international dimension of environmental policy, Professor Althammer in 1996 joined HHL as chairholder of the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Chair of Macroeconomics. He is member of several professional associations and networks. Since 2017, Professor Althammer has been member of the Commission on Determining Concentration in the Media Sphere, a regulatory body to ensure plurality of opinion in private media. At HHL, he is teaching courses in Macroeconomics, Competitiveness, International Trade, Environmental Economics and Research Methods.

The event will be held in German.