On April 27th, the Oxford Martin School and the Center hosted a conference, The Future of Europe: Drivers of Change, at Oxford University. Convened by Oxford Martin School director Ian Goldin, Center director Edmund Phelps, and David Vines (Balliol College and acting director of the program on the Political Economy of Financial Markets), the conference explored the long-term economic and social challenges that Europe faces, such as the decline of both productivity growth and the rewards of working life.
While the Center's last two conferences focused on the significant losses of indigenous innovation and thus human flourishing in much of the West, the 13th annual conference -- “Steps to Mass Flourishing: Social Values and Individual Experience” -- focused on what the United States and others can do to increase indigenous innovation. Two dozen scholars and experts participated in the daylong conference, which was held at Columbia University’s Casa Italiana and consisted of five sessions, a roundtable, a luncheon speech by Peter Thiel, and a dinner speech by Peter Jungen.
In a seminar titled Financial Crises, Real and Imagined: US 2008 vs China 2016, David Goldman discusses the "so-called Chinese debt bubble" and its relationship to the 2008 subprime debt crisis in the United States.