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The Felix Neubergh Lecture deals with problems in banking and finance.
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The Felix Neubergh Lecture

Every other year, the School has the honour to host the Felix Neubergh Lecture. These years, the lecture is to deal with problems in banking and finance, and the lecturers appointed are internationally known and prominent persons.

Former Felix Neubergh Lecturers

The Swedish economist Knut Wicksell (1851-1926) recommended a stable price level as the proper goal for monetary policy in his groundbreaking work published originally in 1898. His monetary theory, often labeled the cumulative process, is the intellectual foundation of inflation targeting, the best-practice approach to monetary policy across the world today.

Lars Jonung is professor emeritus at the department of economics at Lund University. He served as chairman of the Swedish Fiscal Policy Council, 2011-13. He was Research Advisor at DG ECFIN, European Commission, Brussels 2000-2010, professor in economics, Stockholm School of Economics (Handelshögskolan), 1988-2000, professor in finance at Lund University, 1987-88, Research Director at the National Institute of Economic Research (Konjunkturinstitutet), Stockholm, 1981-82. His research interests cover monetary economics, monetary and financial history, inflationary expectations, the euro, European integration and the economics of Knut Wicksell.

He has published books and articles in English and Swedish and is the co-author of a leading macroeconomic textbook in Swedish. Jonung served as chief economic advisor to Prime Minister Carl Bildt in 1992-94. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, 1975. He is active in the present debate on Swedish monetary and fiscal policy. His work is available at his research portal.

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In the lecture Renée Adams will link two facts: 1) In the United States, the finance industry is heavily regulated, and 2) the finance industry is the single largest source of campaign contributions to federal candidates. She will show that the influence of the finance industry on legislation extends over the entire legislative process. Thus, financial regulation cannot be evaluated in isolation from influence.

Renée B. Adams is a Professor of Finance at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. She is a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute, a Finance Department Editor at Management Science, and she chairs AFFECT, the American Finance Association’s committee for women in Finance. She is an expert on corporate governance, bank governance and gender. Her work has a strong policy orientation and lies at the intersection between economics, finance, management and psychology. She has published in top accounting, economics, finance and management journals including the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, the Review of Economic Studies and Strategic Management Journal.

Macroeconomists now see the period since around 1960 as a succession of Greats: the Great Inflation, Great Moderation, and Great Recession. Following the Nobel prize winning analysis of Robert Lucas, many mainstream economists agree that contemporary economic policy analysis contributed mightily to the first of these. As of 2007, at least, mainstream economists were roundly congratulating themselves on the role contemporary analysis played in the second. While the dust has not yet settled on the third Great, opinions at present seem to vary on the role of macroeconomics in the financial crisis and its aftermath.

Jon Faust, professor of Economics at John Hopkins University, Baltimore, will question all of these views, and argue that viewing the period since 1960 as three extended “black swan” periods obscures a fundamental flaw in how macroeconomists approached policy analysis throughout the period. He will also make some suggestions for doing better.

Mats Persson is professor of Economics at the Institute for International Economic Studies at Stockholm University, with a main research focus on macroeconomics and public economics. He received a PhD in Economics in 1979 at the Stockholm School of Economics. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA), and the Prize Committee for the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. Mats is the author of the book ”Den europeiska skuldkrisen” (The European debt crisis), where he criticizes the money transfers that have been made with the aim to save the euro since the debt-crises unfolded in 2010. His point is that the euro was never in danger, that the transfers primarily have benefitted the banks and that they have encouraged continued harmful risk taking.

Hélène Rey is Professor of Economics at London Business School. Until 2007, she was at Princeton University, as Professor of Economics and International Affairs. Her research focuses on the determinants and consequences of external trade and financial imbalances, the theory of financial crises and the organization of the international monetary system. She demonstrated in particular that countries gross external asset positions help predict current account adjustments and the exchange rate. Professor Rey has been awarded a number of prestigious prizes for her research including the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 2005, the Bernácer Prize in 2006, the inaugural Birgit Grodal Award of the European Economic Association in 2012, and the Yrjö Jahnsson Award in 2013.

2011 Lars E.O. Svensson
2009 Lars Calmfors
2007 Karin Forseke
2005 Sirkka Hämäläinen
2003 Lars Heikensten
2001 Barry Eichengreen
1999 Urban Bäckström
1997 Curt Nicolin
1995 Kjell-Olof Feldt
1993 Helmut Schlesinger
1991 Pehr G Gyllenhammar
1990 Bengt Dennis
1987 Roy Jenkins
1985 Hermod Skånland
1983 Harold Wilson
1981 Max Jakobson
1979 Edward Heath
1977 Gunnar Myrdal