RIETI-CEPR Symposium

Is Globalism at a Turning Point?

Announcement

Recent news implies that the world is more divided than at any point in recent history. The integration of global economies, or globalization, which has been the driving force behind recent global economic development, seems to be at stake, with Great Britain leaving the EU, The United States of America presenting itself as the Divided States of America, with populist parties gaining power in increasing numbers of countries, etc. Now that the WTO has essentially stopped functioning, what will happen to globalization in the future? How should Japan deal with the various challenges this raises?

At this symposium, experts from the financial and trade sectors will be invited from the top think tank in the UK, the Centre for Economic Policy and Research (CEPR), to discuss the current status and future prospects of globalism with RIETI researchers and Japanese trade policy officials.

Information

  • Time and Date: 14:00 - 17:30, Thursday, March 5, 2020 (Registration starts at 13:30)
  • Venue: AKASAKA INTERCITY CONFERENCE CENTER (Akasaka Intercity AIR, 1-8-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0052)
  • Language: Japanese / English (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Admission: ¥1,000 (an official receipt will be issued) (Students: free; please present your student ID at the reception desk)
  • Host: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) / Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
  • Seating Capacity: 200
  • Contact: Ms. TAKEKAWA / NISHIKI, Conference Section, RIETI (
    Tel: 03-3501-8398

The Symposium has been cancelled in consideration of the recent circumstances surrounding the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the concern for public health and safety.

Program

14:00-14:05 Opening Remarks

NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Chairman, RIETI)

14:05-14:20 Presentation by Guest Speaker

TANAKA Shigehiro (Vice-Minister for International Affairs, METI)

14:20-14:50 Presentation 1 "Central Banks and The Risk in Central Bank Balance Sheets"

Beatrice WEDER di MAURO (President, CEPR / Professor of International Economics, Graduate Institute, Geneva / Distinguished Fellow, Emerging Markets Institute, INSEAD)

14:50-15:20 Presentation 2 "Is Globalization Dead? Caterpillars, Cocoons, and Butterflies"

Richard BALDWIN (Professor of International Economics, Graduate Institute, Geneva)

15:20-15:50 Presentation 3 "The Future of Europe: Economics and politics"

Thorsten BECK (Research Fellow, CEPR / Professor of banking and finance at Cass Business School, City, University of London)

15:50-16:05 Break

16:05-17:30 Panel Discussion

Session Chair

NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Chairman, RIETI)

Panelists (in alphabetical order)

AKAHOSHI Yasushi (Consluting Fellow, RIETI / Deputy Director-General for Trade Policy Trade Policy Bureau, METI / Former President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO))

Richard BALDWIN (Professor of International Economics, Graduate Institute, Geneva)

Thorsten BECK (Research Fellow, CEPR / Professor of banking and finance at Cass Business School, City, University of London)

KOBAYASHI Keiichiro (Faculty Fellow & Program Director, RIETI / Visiting Professor at Keio University / Research Director, Canon Institute for Global Studies / Research Director, the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research)

TOMIURA Eiichi (Faculty Fellow & Program Director, RIETI / Professor, Faculty of Economics, Hitotsubashi University)

Beatrice WEDER di MAURO (President, CEPR / Professor of International Economics, Graduate Institute, Geneva / Distinguished Fellow, Emerging Markets Institute, INSEAD)

Q&A

*Agenda is subject to change