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September 24, 2019

Berlin Lunchtime Meeting

Reform Priorities for Germany – an OECD Perspective


September 24, 2019
12:15 - 14:00


Elinor Ostrom Hall
DIW Berlin
Mohrenstr. 58
10117 Berlin


Laurence Boone, Marcel Fratzscher

As the Germany economy has slowed sharply and is facing increasing trade uncertainty, advancing the reform agenda is key to revive economic growth and address inequality. A long-standing public investment backlog is holding back the take-up of new technologies, productivity and private investment. While employment is strong, many workers earn low wages and women in particular often work reduced hours, weighing on their earnings and opportunities for career progression. Housing shortage and fast rising real estate prices in cities are now raising equity concerns. The talk will present the economic outlook for Germany and discuss reform priorities to overcome current economic challenges.

The event language will be English.

About the speakers

Presentation: Laurence Boone is the Chief Economist of the OECD.  Previously she led economic research in several financial institutions and was a special advisor for Multilateral and European Economic & Financial Affairs and G20 Sherpa to the Presidency of the French Republic during 2014-2016.

Moderation: Marcel Fratzscher is President of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and Professor of Macroeconomics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He is author and columnist on economic and social issues. He is member of the High-level Advisory Board of the United Nations on the sustainable development goals (SDGs).