19th Jacques Polak Annual Research Conference on "International Spillovers and Cooperation"

November 1-2, 2018

The International Monetary Fund will hold the Nineteenth Jacques Polak Annual Research Conference at its headquarters in Washington DC on November 1-2, 2018.

In an increasingly interconnected world, policies motivated by national objectives can have far reaching international consequences. These international externalities provide the basis for policy coordination and multilateral institutions. Backlash against globalization, however, has increased pressure on policymakers to step away from commitments to international cooperation and has undermined support for global institutions. This year’s conference on “International Spillovers and Cooperation” will bring together researchers and policymakers to discuss innovative research in this area and facilitate the exchange of views.

The Program Committee welcomes empirical and theoretical work on topics including, but not limited to:

  • International spillovers and cooperation in a historical context;
  • Spillovers in the post-crisis world;
  • International monetary cooperation at the zero lower bound;
  • “Currency wars”;
  • Taxation;
  • Financial regulation;
  • Trade policies;
  • Political economy considerations and the backlash against globalization;
  • Role of multilateral institutions in facilitating cooperation.

Interested contributors should submit a draft paper or a detailed proposal by June 1, 2018 (e-mail to ARC@imf.org). Please use the contact author’s name as the name of the file. The Program Committee will evaluate all proposals in terms of originality, analytical rigor, and policy relevance and will contact the authors whose papers have been selected by mid-July, 2018. Travel and hotel expenses of presenting authors will be covered by the conference organizers. Further information on the conference program will be posted on the IMF website (www.imf.org).

Conference Program Committee: Anil Ari (IMF), Gianluca Benigno (IMF, London School of Economics), Emine Boz (IMF, Co-Editor of the IMF Economic Review), Zoltan Jakab (IMF), Callum Jones (IMF), Roberto Piazza (IMF), Linda Tesar (Editor-in-Chief of the IMF Economic Review, University of Michigan), and Filiz Unsal (IMF)

Conference Coordinator: Tracey Lookadoo