2017 Politics and Economics of International Finance (PEIF)

April 1, 2017

This conference is closed to the public.

This is the third in a continuing series of annual one-day conferences on the Politics and Economics of International Finance. The series is made possible by a gift from Andrew Quale, Jr., a lawyer with a long history of professional interest in international financial affairs, and is organized under the auspices of Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Our goal is to bring together scholars interested in economic and political economy issues in international financial relations.

The format will be the same as in the past. Rather than asking scholars to present a single paper, we are asking several scholars to present a body of their ongoing research. Of course, this may include circulating a paper or papers in advance, but we are asking the scholar to present a broader overview of the work in progress. There will also be a roundtable discussion at the end of the day on an issue of more current relevance.

In the late 1980s, Barry Eichengreen and Jeff Frieden organized a research group on the Political Economy of European Integration (PEEI) that brought together leading scholars to discuss scholarship about the ongoing process of economic and monetary unification in Europe. After almost a decade working on Europe, the topic was expanded to include international finance more generally—hence the Political Economy of International Finance (PEIF). Eventually this group became something of a moveable feast, with meetings hosted by Harvard, Georgetown (joint with the IMF), the University of Michigan, UC San Diego, the Claremont Colleges, Emory (joint with the Atlanta Fed), and the Hertie School in Berlin (joint with the German Finance Ministry). Due to a generous gift from Andrew Quale, Jr., the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard now has funds available and is dedicated to hosting an annual meeting on international finance at Harvard. We have altered the name slightly to the Politics and Economics of International Finance (PEIF, again) to indicate that we are interested both in scholarship in a political economy vein, and in scholarship that is more purely economic.


Jeffry Frieden

Executive Committee; Faculty Associate. Stanfield Professor of International Peace, Department of Government, Harvard University.

Jeffrey Frankel

Faculty Associate. James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth, Harvard Kennedy School.


Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Andrew Quale, Jr., Fund

See also: Conferences, 2017