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Monday, January 27, 2020

 
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PhD Students - General Meeting
The Cowling Room (S2.77)
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Hegel Reading Group
Room S1.39, Social Sciences Building
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WCF Talk with Matthias Thiemann
S2.77, Social Sciences

WCF Talk with Matthias Thiemann

Assistant Professor for European Public Policy at Science Po, Paris

Title: The scientization of central banks: how economists shape macroprudential policy

Abstract: A longstanding alliance between academia and central bankers, which has increasingly led to a scientization of central bank action, has allowed central bankers to shield themselves from criticism regarding central bank policy. But, as Foucault put it, power is not only constraining and repressive. It is also generative, and its generative effects are manifesting themselves in systems of knowledge. This generative aspect of the alliance between academia and central banks has largely gone unnoticed. In other words, what does the coalition between these two professional groups permit central banks to do and how does it shape the trajectory of the academic field? To undertake such an analysis, we need to place our focus not only on the legitimating discourses of economists, be they within or outside of central banks, but also on the policy devices, ways of observing the economy, measuring developments within it and tools to act upon this information, which are developed by these economists. Which dangers are envisioned/anticipated by these measuring devices and which policy actions do they facilitate? This habilitation will take up this challenge for the newly developing field of “macrofinance” or the economics of financial instability, a field which investigates the interaction effects between the financial system and the macroeconomy.