Nobel Prize winners and young economists gather at event in Germany
Professors Felipe Iachan and Francisco Costa, from FGV’s EPGE Brazilian School of Economics and Finance (EPGE), participated in the 6th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences, appointed by the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. (ABC). Held between August 22 and 26 in Germany, the brought together young researchers from different economic areas and Nobel laureates from the field.
“The main goal of the event is to promote networking among researchers across different levels of formality and structure, who are at different moments in their careers. Many of these conversations would never occur as naturally in other settings, such as a normal academic congress,” said professor Felipe Iachan.
The subjects discussed during the event were quite diverse. Each laureate gave a presentation on a recent research project or encouraged the exploration of new and promising ideas in their fields of interest. Subjects varied from the notorious Game Theory to the reforms of social security systems and innovative tools to analyze social policies, and the consequences of automation for the job market.
Professor Francisco Costa pointed out that the most interesting areas in his opinion were those discussing the issue of inequality, the impact of automation and artificial intelligence in the job market, in addition to the debates on social security and welfare systems. Iachan highlighted the debates involving contract theory, new conditions for monetary and fiscal policies, and the discussion on how to approach economic inequality.
The event helped exchange ideas and ongoing researchers among EPGE’s professors. In addition, it also brought together fresh PhDs and PhD students. A common theme throughout the entire event was the exchange of ideas on each participant’s current projects and massive networking for future collaborations.