Adam Smith Distinguished Speaker Series: Adam Posen

Trade War and the Post-American World Economy

Monday November 12th 2018
Humanities Lecture Theatre 255, Main Building

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The Adam Smith Business School and Policy Scotland are honoured to welcome Dr Adam Posen to the University of Glasgow. Adam will set out his views on the topic 'Trade War and the Post-American World Economy' in the inaugural event in the ‘Adam Smith Distinguished Speaker’ series.


The Trump Administration's shift to bilateral trade negotiations utilizing tariffs is more than tactical. It reflects a shift on goals for US foreign economic policy and a disavowal of the international system that the US built since 1945.  This has significant economic repercussions well beyond the direct trade effects and concerns for the WTO.  Critically, with respect to China, it also reflects a broader repudiation of previous economic priorities by a wide range of US politicians and officials, not just Trump loyalists.  Dr Posen will discuss the long-run impact of such measures by the US Government on investment patterns, capital flows, productivity growth, and currency regimes, as well as the likely course of the trade war now beginning and the global economic outlook through 2020.


Adam Posen has been president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics since January 2013, after first joining in July 1997. Over his career, he has written about the financial and economic challenges faced by the European Union following the adoption of the euro, the lasting impact of Japan's economic crisis of the 1990s, and monetary and fiscal policies in the G-7. While at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York during 1994–97, he coauthored Inflation Targeting: Lessons from the International Experience with Ben Bernanke and others. He was one of the first scholars to seriously address the political foundations of central bank independence.

In September 2009, Posen was appointed by the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer to serve a three-year term as an external voting member of the Bank of England's rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). During this critical period for the world economy, Posen advocated an activist policy response to the financial crisis, led the MPC into quantitative easing, supported efforts to stimulate business investment, and accurately forecasted global inflation developments. Leading up to the successful London G-20 summit of 2009 during the global financial crisis, he consulted for the UK Cabinet Office.

Posen received his BA and PhD from Harvard University. In addition to his leadership at the Institute, Posen advises the US Congressional Budget Office. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission.

Posen has been the recipient of major grants and research fellowships from the American Academy in Berlin, the Bank of England, the Brookings Institution, the European Commission, the Ford Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, and the US National Science Foundation. He has been widely profiled and interviewed by leading news organizations, including Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, and Financial Times. His op-eds have appeared in many publications, and he has served as a columnist for the Financial Times.

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Starts: Monday, November 12th 2018 at 5:15pm
Ends: Monday, November 12th 2018 at 7:00pm

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Humanities Lecture Theatre 255, Main Building
University of Glasgow, West Quadrangle
Gilbert Scott Building

G12 8QQ
United Kingdom

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