Keynote Speakers

Prof. Leah Boustan

Professor of Economics | Princeton University

Leah Boustan is a Professor of Economics at Princeton University, where she also serves as the Director of the Industrial Relations Section. Her research lies at the intersection between economic history and labor economics. Her first book, Competition in the Promised Land: Black Migrants in Northern Cities and Labor Markets (Princeton University Press, 2016) examines the effect of the Great Black Migration from the rural south during and after World War II.

Her recent work, including her new book Streets of Gold: America’s Untold Story of Immigrant Success (PublicAffairs 2022), is on the mass migration from Europe to the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Boustan is co-director of the Development of the American Economy Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She serves as co-editor at the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. Boustan was named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in 2012. 

Prof. Francis X. Diebold

Paul F. Miller, Jr. and E. Warren Shafer Miller Professor of Social Sciences, and Professor of Economics, Finance, and Statistics | University of Pennsylvania

Francis X. Diebold’s research focuses on predictive modeling of financial asset markets, macroeconomic fundamentals, climate change, and the interface. He has made well-known contributions to the measurement and modeling of asset-return volatility, business cycles, yield curves and network connectedness. He has published more than 150 scientific papers and 8 books, and he is regularly ranked among globally most-cited economists. He is a Founding Fellow and Past President…

Society for Financial Econometrics; NBER Faculty Research Associate; Fellow, Econometric Society, American Statistical Association, Guggenheim Foundation, Sloan Foundation, Humboldt Foundation, Journal of Econometrics; Founding Fellow, International Association for Applied Econometrics, Society for Economic Measurement; Honorary Fellow, International Institute of Forecasters; and Past Editorial Board Member, Econometrica, Review of Economics and Statistics, and International Economic Review.

Prof. Dame Carol Propper

Professor of Economics and Associate Dean of Faculty & Research | Imperial College Business School, London

Carol is Professor of Economics and Associate Dean of Faculty & Research at Imperial College Business School, London. In 2010 she was awarded a CBE for her services to social science, in 2014 she was elected as a fellow of the British Academy and in 2018 she was appointed as an International Fellow of the National Academy of Medicine. In recognition of her work she has twice been awarded the Arrow Award and received the American Economic Association 2016 prize.

Prof. Raghuram Rajan

Professor, Finance | Chicago Booth

Raghuram Rajan is the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at Chicago Booth. He was the 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India between September 2013 and September 2016. Between 2003 and 2006, Dr. Rajan was the Chief Economist and Director of Research at the International Monetary Fund.

Dr. Rajan’s research interests are in banking, corporate finance, and economic development. The books he has written include The Third Pillar: How the State and Markets hold the Community Behind 2019 which was a finalist for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year prize and Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy, for which he was awarded the Financial Times prize for Business Book of the Year in 2010.

Dr. Rajan is a member of the Group of Thirty. He was the President of the American Finance Association in 2011 and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In January 2003, the American Finance Association awarded Dr. Rajan the inaugural Fischer Black Prize for the best finance researcher under the age of 40. The other awards he has received include the Infosys prize for the Economic Sciences in 2012, the Deutsche Bank Prize for Financial Economics in 2013, Euromoney Central Banker Governor of the Year 2014, and Banker Magazine (FT Group) Central Bank Governor of the Year 2016.

Prof. Valerie A. Ramey

Professor, Department of Economics | University of California, San Diego

Valerie Ramey is a Distinguished Professor at the University of California, San Diego. She received her B.A. with a double major in Economics and Spanish from the University of Arizona, graduating summa cum laude. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University. She is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy and Research. She has served as co-editor of the American Economic Review.

Professor Ramey has published numerous scholarly articles and policy-relevant articles on the sources of business cycles, trends in wage inequality, the effects of monetary and fiscal policy, the impact of volatility on growth, and various topics on time use, such as the increase in time investments in children by educated parents. Her recent work has studied the size of government spending multipliers as well as the short-run and long-run effects of infrastructure investment.

Prof. Dani Rodrik

Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy | Harvard Kennedy School

Dani Rodrik is Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He has published widely in the areas of economic development, international economics, and political economy. His current research focuses on employment and economic growth, in both developing and advanced economies. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the inaugural Albert O. Hirschman Prize of the Social Sciences Research Council.

Professor Rodrik is currently President of the International Economic Association and co-director of the Economics for Inclusive Prosperity network. His newest book is Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane World Economy (2017). He is also the author of Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science (2015), The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy (2011) and One Economics, Many Recipes: Globalization, Institutions, and Economic Growth (2007).

Prof. Silvana Tenreyro

Professor in Economics | London School of Economics

Silvana obtained her MA and PhD in Economics from Harvard University. Before joining the Bank, she was co-Director and Board member of the Review of Economic Studies and Chair of the Women’s Committee of the Royal Economics Society. She is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA. She is a former President of the European Economic Association. In the past, Silvana worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and served as external Monetary Policy Committee member for the Central Bank of Mauritius.

She has been Director of the Macroeconomics Programme at the International Growth Centre, Chair of the Women in Economics Committee of the EEA, Member at Large of the European Economic Association, panel member for economic policy and Associate Editor for JEEA and the Economic Journal. She is currently an Associate Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economic. Her main research interests are macroeconomics – particularly monetary policy – international economics and macro-development.

Prof. Sir John Vickers

Professor in Economics | All Souls College, University of Oxford

Sir John Vickers has been Warden of All Souls College since October 2008.  He studied PPE at Oxford University, where, after a period working in the oil industry, he taught economics and was Drummond Professor of Political Economy from 1991 to 2008. He was Chief Economist at the Bank of England and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee 1998-2000; Director General/Chairman of the Office of Fair Trading 2000-05; President of the Royal Economic Society 2007-10; Chair of the Independent Commission on Banking 2010-11; and President of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (2018-2020).  His research interests, which combine theory and policy, mainly concern competition and regulation.