The One About Inflation

The largest and longest running Macro conference in the UK will be hosted by MaGHiC at Kent. We ask the programme committee what they are most looking forward to.

The Macroeconomics, Growth and History Centre (MaGHiC) are excited to welcome more than a hundred delegates on campus for the 53rd Annual MMF Conference on campus (5-7 September). This is the main UK conference in Macroeconomics and has a long-standing tradition among both academics and policy members, platforming four keynote speakers, and three special sessions.

‘This year’s conference is all about inflation, with top current and former policymakers and academics speaking about the current global inflation challenges.’ Dr Alfred Duncan, one of the programme committee explained ‘I’m most looking forward to MPC at 25: Lessons Learned from 25 Years of the Monetary Policy Committee, where former Bank of England Governor Mervyn King and Former Deputy Governor Paul Tucker discuss what we’ve learned from 25 years of Bank of England independence.’

‘Three of our four keynotes are on inflation, including one from current Bank of England MPC member Catherine Mann. We also have a special session on Quantitative Tightening, which will be one of the major challenges facing the Bank of England as they tackle the UK’s inflation problem.’

‘I’m particularly interested in sessions on tax policies.’ Dr Wei Jiang told us ‘Fiscal policy is a global focus by both academics and policy makers after the breakout of COVID-19 pandemic. The conference will be a lively discussion on various issues on factor markets and effects of fiscal policy.’

Director of the MaGHiC research centre, Professor Miguel Leon Ledesma is excited for face-to-face interaction after two years in which the conference was held virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions. ‘I’m looking forward to top quality debates on current issues such as inflation, labour market participation, productivity, and the effect of Brexit. This is possibly the best forum in the UK to listen to expert views from all over the globe.’

Full programme here. 

Professor Miguel Leon Ledesma shares why the timing of this conference is so significant.