About The Center for International Economics

The Center for International Economics was created in 1993 to provide a focal point for research on international economics within the Department of Economics. Center activities have included seminars on international economics, a working paper series, invitations to visiting scholars, and conferences on relevant policy and conceptual issues bringing together experts and policymakers from academia and international financial institutions. The Center also supports a number of graduate students and has sponsored programs with outstanding universities and research centers around the world.

The current director of the center is Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan. Faculty in the Center include Allan Drazen, Nuno Limão, and Felipe Saffie. Their research spans a diverse set of topics in international finance and trade.

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various pictures taken during the Second Washington Area International Finance Symposium

The Center for International Economics Organized the Second Washington Area International Finance Symposium

The Washington Area International Finance Symposium (WAIFS) provides a platform for researchers at institutions in the wider Washington D.C. area to present academic work, exchange ideas and build new connections. Academics from the American University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland and University of Virginia have all participated in the symposium in the last two years. Moreover, researchers and practitioners from the Federal Reserve Board, Inter-American Development Bank, International Monetary Fund and World Bank have also shared their work and knowledge in the symposium.

Şebnem Kalemli-Özcan and Felipe Saffie from the Center for International Economics at the University of Maryland organized the Second WAIFS with the valuable help of UMD graduate students Rosa (Heehyun) Lim and Can Sever. The all-day event was held on April 5th , 2019 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington D.C.

With its new format, the all-day symposium opens with a keynote speaker in the morning. Following the keynote speech, there are sessions in which researchers from Washington D.C. area institutions and universities present their latest academic work. Each presentation is followed by a discussion session by a researcher who did a significant contribution to the area. Each session ends with questions and answers from participants, and further discussions.

On April 5th 2019, more than 50 participants made the second edition of WAIFS a tremendous success. The symposium started with the keynote speech by Gita Gopinath (International Monetary Fund, Chief Economist). She presented her agenda on the Dominant Currency Paradigm. The presentations and discussions from researchers at the American University, Federal Reserve Board, Johns Hopkins University, International Monetary Fund, Inter-American Development Bank, University of Virginia and World Bank followed. It was a very productive and vibrant environment for all participants. Presenters got helpful comments for their works from both the discussants and participants. During breakfast, coffee breaks and lunch, all participants had a chance to build connections with colleagues who work in the area of International Finance in the wider Washington D.C. area.

The event is a product of consortium in the wider Washington D.C. area. The Center for International Economics at the University of Maryland is proud to be a part of the consortium. In future years in which other universities or institutions will organize the event, the Center for International Economics will support and participate in the WAIFS.

The Third WAIFS will be organized by the University of Virginia (Darden School of Business, D.C. Campus) in 2020. We look forward to next year’s event!

By clicking here, you can find the program and papers from the Second WAIFS.

Presentations / Discussions

Gita Gopinath
Keynote Speech by Gita Gopinath
Presentations Discussions
Camelia Minoiu
Presentation by Camelia Minoiu
Alessandro Rebucci
Discussion by Alessandro Rebucci
Ignacio Gonzalez
Presentation by Ignacio Gonzalez
Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti
Discussion by Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti
Kinda Hachem
Presentation by Kinda Hachem
Olivier Jeanne
Discussion by Olivier Jeanne
Mai Chi Dao
Presentation by Mai Chi Dao
Sergio Schmukler
Discussion by Sergio Schmukler
Victoria Nuguer
Presentation by Victoria Nuguer
Emine Boz
Discussion by Emine Boz

By clicking on this link, you can find other photos from the Second WAIFS.