RGS student at Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
For the fifth time, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting on Economic Sciences took place this summer from 19-23 August 2014. The Lindau meetings provide a forum for young scientists to meet and discuss with Nobel Laureates. This year, 18 Laureates – among them Joseph Stiglitz, Christopher Sims, Alvin Roth and Peter Diamond – and about 460 young economists from more than 80 different countries took part in the meeting. RGS student Anne Oeking was one of them.
The meeting opened with a keynote speech by German chancellor Angela Merkel and also featured a lecture by Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel Laureate in Literature. The scientific program was built around morning lectures by each of the Laureates on a topic of their choice. Fields covered in these sessions included mechanism design, macroeconomics, econometrics, labor economics and many more; recurring themes were inequality and macroeconomic instabilities. In the afternoons, discussions between Laureates and the young researchers took place, as well as panel discussions among the Laureates themselves on topics such as “The future of Econometrics” or “How Useful is Economics - How is Economics Useful?” The meetings were rounded off with social events during which there was plenty of opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with other young economists and the Laureates. The very inspiring meeting was concluded with a joint trip to Mainau Island and the official farewell ceremony.
After the meeting Anne Oeking returned to Washington, where she is currently doing a research stay abroad at the international monetary fund (IMF).