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The Eurozone's Awkward Threesome: fiscal stance, macroeconomic stability and growth

LSE European Institute-APCO Worldwide Perspectives on Europe series

Date: Tuesday 8 May 2012 
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Leszek Balcerowicz
Chair: Dr Abby Innes

Unsustainable fiscal policy hampers growth - the effect not only of sovereign debt distress but also of an overblown welfare state. What can we learn from the financial-fiscal crisis (US, UK, Ireland, Spain) and the fiscal-financial crisis (Greece, Portugal)?

Professor Leszek Balcerowicz has served three times in the Polish government and the central bank, being in charge of economic reforms. Between 1989–1991 and 1997-2000 he held the position of Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister, and between 2001-2007 he served as Governor of the National Bank of Poland. He is a member of the group of trustees of the Institute of International Finance (US) and also a professor of economics at the Warsaw School of Economics. He is also a Distinguished Associate of the International Atlantic Economic Society (IAES), a member of the Group of Thirty and a board member of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Professor Balcerowicz is chairman and a founder of the Civil Development Forum Foundation (FOR) and in 2011, he was appointed a member of the Advisory Scientific Committee providing advice and assistance on issues relevant to the work of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB).

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A copy of Professor Leszek Balcerowicz's powerpoint presentation is available to download. Download The Eurozone's Awkward Threesome: fiscal stance, macroeconomic stability and growth (pdf)


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