What are the prospects for East Asian monetary integration? A high-level conference on September 5-6 at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, provided a venue for two dozen distinguished speakers and discussants to examine the range of policy options. The conference, organized in cooperation with the universities of Paris-Dauphine and Mannheim and commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of Chulalongkorn’s Faculty of Economics, drew approximately one hundred participants from academic, business, and policymaking communities as well as a large number of Chulalongkorn students.
With their astonishing range of macroeconomic and microeconomic topics, the annual meetings of the American Economic Association (AEA) provide a virtual smorgasbord of contemporary research. This year’s gathering, in an unseasonably frosty Atlanta on January 4–6, resists summary, but Jeromin Zettelmeyer, a Senior Economist in the IMF’s Research Department, with the help of colleague Eswar Prasad, highlights several notable sessions.