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The Global Financial Crisis: Did the Authorities Fail Again?


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David Laidler Lecture with Timothy Congdon and Charles Goodhart
Monday, September 11, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:30
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Toronto ON, C.D. Howe Institute, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300
  • The Global Financial Crisis: Did the Authorities Fail Again?

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The Institute is deeply honoured to host the Annual David Laidler Luncheon to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of Professor Laidler in the field of monetary policy. This event will be held off-the-record. 

Two prominent British macroeconomists, Timothy Congdon and Charles Goodhart, will debate actions taken by financial and political authorities during the convulsions of the global economy in 2007-2008. Copies of Professor Congdon’s book, Money in the Great Recession, will be available for purchase at the event. This lecture is held in honour of Dr. David Laidler.


Timothy Congdon, Chairman, Institute of International Monetary Research, at the University of Buckingham

Tim Congdon is Chairman of the Institute of International Monetary Research, which he founded in 2014. He was a member of the Treasury Panel of Independent Forecasters (the so-called “wise men”) between 1992 and 1997, which advised the Chancellor of the Exchequer on economic policy. Although most of his career has been spent as an economist and businessman in the City of London, he has been a visiting professor at the Cardiff Business School and the City University Business School (now the Cass Business School). He is currently a professor of economics at the University of Buckingham. Professor Congdon is often regarded as the UK’s leading representative of “monetarist” economic thinking.


Charles Goodhart, Emeritus Professor of Banking and Finance, London School of Economics

Charles Goodhart, CBE, FBA is Emeritus Professor of Banking and Finance with the Financial Markets Group at the London School of Economics, having previously, 1987-2005, been its Deputy Director.  Until his retirement in 2002, he had been the Norman Sosnow Professor of Banking and Finance at LSE since 1985.  Before then, he had worked at the Bank of England for seventeen years as a monetary adviser, becoming a Chief Adviser in 1980.  In 1997 he was appointed one of the outside independent members of the Bank of England's new Monetary Policy Committee until May 2000.  Earlier he had taught at Cambridge and LSE.  Besides numerous articles, he has written a couple of books on monetary history; a graduate monetary textbook, Money, Information and Uncertainty (2nd Ed. 1989); two collections of papers on monetary policy, Monetary Theory and Practice (1984) and The Central Bank and The Financial System (1995); and a number of books and articles on Financial Stability, on which subject he was Adviser to the Governor of the Bank of England, 2002-2004, and numerous other studies relating to financial markets and to monetary policy and history.   His latest books include The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision: A History of the Early Years, 1974-1997, (2011), and The Regulatory Response to the Financial Crisis, (2009).


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