News Details | 04-Aug-2011

NTU hosts top economic minds to contribute ideas for global growth

The world’s top economic minds are gathering in Singapore over these three days to exchange fresh ideas on how to accelerate the global economy. 

Former chief economic advisor to President George W. Bush, Professor Edward Lazear from Stanford University will discuss the prospects for the US economy and the potential impact of its economic stimulus initiatives on Singapore and the rest of the globe, while China's role as a leader of the world economy and its impact on Asia's continued rise will be addressed by Princeton University’s Professor Gregory Chow, who is a major figure in econometrics and applied economics, and Professor Danny Quah from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

The Singapore Economic Review Conference is the biennial flagship event of the Singapore Economic Review (SER), one of the leading economics journals in Asia that is editorially housed at the Division of Economics, Nanyang Technological University (NTU). 

This year’s conference brings together some 300 leading economists, business people, and past and current policymakers from nearly 40 countries. Over 240 papers will be presented during the three-day conference that will feature two plenary sessions and 59 parallel sessions covering the entire spectrum of economic science from theoretical research to practical policy work. Climate change, environmental and energy issues, and competition law are also expected to dominate discussions at the conference.

Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister of State for Finance and Transport graced the opening ceremony at the Mandarin Orchard Hotel this morning.  Following the opening keynote address by Professor Edward Lazear, who spoke on the topic “Economic Strategies and Labour Market Outcomes”, Professor Lim Chong Yah, Albert Winsemius Chair Professor at NTU, moderated the opening plenary session on “Asia and the Global Economy”. The discussion featured panellists Professor Gregory Chow and Professor Danny Quah.

Professor Euston Quah, Head of NTU’s Division of Economics, Editor of the Singapore Economic Review and President of the Economic Society of Singapore said, “The Singapore Economic Review Conference has played a significant role in the past to establish strong partnerships among the world’s top economists and policy-makers.  It also enables us to share many fresh ideas on how to advance economic growth and address emerging challenges like environment and climate change issues that have an impact on the global economy.  We look forward to demonstrating our commitment to multilateral dialogue and cooperation by playing host to this conference.”

“The conference also complements NTU’s efforts to make our mark internationally and promote research excellence in economics, by bringing the best of East and West together at one location,” Professor Quah adds.  Under the NTU 2015 strategic blueprint unveiled last year, the University aims to make its global stamp in five key areas – the best of East and West, sustainability, healthcare, new media, and innovation.

More details about the conference are available at:  

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