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Swiss Day: Can Central Banks Save the Global Economy?

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The 2nd Annual Swiss Day marks the ongoing collaboration of the Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program and the Europa Institut at the University of Zurich.

The global economic crisis highlighted the importance of central banks in preventing economic collapse and restoring growth while maintaining financial stability. Central banks have responded with innovative policies to address these challenges. At the same time, fiscal authorities in many countries are tightly constrained. Thus either explicitly or implicitly, many governments are ceding macroeconomic policy authority to their central banks. Is this sustainable in the long run? With large cross border capital flows adding complexity, should central bankers actively coordinate their policies? Is this possible without compromising national objectives and central bank independence? Please join us as our expert panel provides U.S. and European perspectives on these and other critical issues.

This event is co-sponsored by the Europa Institut at the University of Zurich.


  • Martin Dahinden

    Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States
  • Meg Lundsager

    Public Policy Fellow
    Former U.S. Executive Director and Alternate Executive Director, International Monetary Fund
  • Jean-Pierre Danthine

    Former Vice President, Swiss National Bank
  • Laurence Meyer

    Former United States Federal Reserve System governor
  • Athanasios Orphanides

    Professor, Sloan School of Management, MIT; former Governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus; former member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank
  • Greg Ip

    Former Public Policy Scholar
    U.S. Economics Editor, The Economist