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Call for Papers: Jacques Polak Eighth Annual Research Conference

Antonio Spilimbergo
Published Date:
June 2007
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The International Monetary Fund will hold the Jacques Polak Eighth Annual Research Conference at its headquarters in Washington on November 15–16, 2007. The conference is intended to provide a forum for discussing innovative research in economics, undertaken by both IMF staff and outside economists, and to facilitate the exchange of views among researchers and policymakers. Professor Stanley Fischer, Governor of the Bank of Israel, will deliver the Mundell-Fleming Lecture.

The theme of this year’s conference is Exchange Rates. Possible topics include (but are not restricted to) the following: (1) exchange rates and global macroeconomic imbalances, including issues of exchange rate misalignment; (2) exchange rates and economic performance—growth and inflation—in the short and long term; (3) the role of exchange rate regimes in ensuring economic and financial stability; (4) exchange rates and inflation targeting; and (5) political economy of the exchange rate. Papers that do not fit into these categories, but that are related to the main theme of the conference, are also welcome.

Interested contributors should submit a draft paper or a two-page proposal to the Program Committee. The proposal should include the title of the paper, the affiliation of the author(s) and contact information, the main questions to be examined, the most relevant literature, the intended contribution of the paper to the literature, and the possible datasets and methodology to be employed. If possible, a work-in-progress draft should be attached to the proposal. Authors should also provide copies of their curricula vitae. All presenters will be reimbursed for travel expenses and accommodation.

Please submit your proposals (in a Word or PDF file) by June 1, 2007 (e-mail to Please use the contact author’s name as the name of the file. The Program Committee will evaluate all proposals in terms of originality, analytical rigor, and policy relevance and will contact the authors whose papers have been selected by June 29. A 15-page work-in-progress draft will be required by the end of August. Further information on the conference program will be posted on the IMF website (

Visiting Scholars, April–June 2007

Matias Berthelon; Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso, Chile; 4/23/07–5/1/07

Eric van Wincoop; University of Virginia; 6/4/07–6/8/07

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