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Starting on June 2014 the European Central Bank implemented a negative interest rate policy (NIRP) to provide additional monetary stimulus to the economy. The boost is meant to happen via an ease of the conditions to access credit. Yet NIRP is a controversial policy. Some argue that the benefits are limited, compared to the costs associated with the incentives to take more risks. But not only: low and negative interest rates weigh on bank profitability and might even contribute to increasing income inequality.
In the second part of the webcast we will touch upon the economic outlook for the Eurozone.

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Kenneth Goldstein

Kenneth Goldstein
Economic Advisor
The Conference Board

Ken Goldstein has been an economist at The Conference Board since 1971. His principal responsibilities include analyzing current trends in labor market activity and forecasting near-term economic development. He also conducts research and analysis for the Business Cycle Indicators Program.

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Bart van Ark

Bart van Ark
Senior Advisor
The Conference Board

Bart van Ark is a Senior Advisor of the Economy, Strategy and Finance (ESF) Center at The Conference Board. From 2008 until September 2020 he was Chief Economist and Head ...Full Bio

Marc Stocker

Marc Stocker
Senior Economist
World Bank

Marc is a senior economist at the World Bank, and one of the lead authors of the bi-annual flagship "Global Economic Prospects" report. He is also in charge of preparing the "Global Monthly", which presents regular analysis of major macroeconomic and financial developments, as well as policy rele...Full Bio

Ilaria Maselli

Ilaria Maselli (Host)
Senior Economist
The Conference Board

Ilaria Maselli has been the senior economist for Europe at The Conference Board since March 2016. Maselli monitors the monthly business cycle of the European economy and contributes analysis to The Conference Board Global Economic Outlook. She also contributes to in-dept...Full Bio

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