Joint Bonn-Cologne Seminar Series started

The new Joint Seminar Series of the economics departments at the Universities of Bonn and Cologne started successfully with a lecture by Prof. Dr. Markus Brunnermeier (Princeton University) on “The Euro and the Battle of Ideas”.

Markus Brunnermeier presented his new book “The Euro and the Battle of Ideas”, written together with Harold James and Jean-Pierre Landau. In this book, Brunnermeier and his coauthors argue that the core problem with the Euro lies in the philosophical differences between the founding countries of the Eurozone, particularly Germany and France. But the authors also show how these seemingly incompatible differences can be reconciled to ensure Europe’s survival.

Markus K. Brunnermeier is Professor at Princeton University, where he is a faculty member of the Department of Economics and director of Princeton’s Bendheim Center for Finance. His research focuses on international financial markets and the macroeconomy with special emphasis on bubbles, liquidity, financial and monetary price stability.

The first lecture of the Bonn-Cologne Joint Seminar Series was well attended by students and researchers from both universities. Many used the opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss research questions. Events of the Joint Seminar Series will take place on a biannual basis. On May 8-9, 2017 the two economic departments will host a meeting of the prestigious REStud Tour.