An Online Panel hosted by the Hellenic Observatory

Thursday 30 September 2021 4:00pm to 5:30pm, London Time (6:00pm to 7:30pm Athens Time)

This event introduced the new e-book, Greece and the Euro: From Crisis to Recovery, edited by George Alogoskoufis and Kevin Featherstone.

The eight-year adjustment program followed by Greece in the aftermath of the 2010 crisis was concluded in the summer of 2018. While the Greek economy appeared to be on a path to an admittedly weak recovery after 2017, in 2020 it was hit by another major negative shock, that of COVID-19 which has caused another deep recession. What are the pre-conditions – economic, political and institutional – for a sustained recovery of the Greek economy? What’s scope is there for recovery, which priorities need to be set, and what are the prospects for their attainment?

Meet our speakers and chair

George Alogoskoufis (@alogoskoufis) is Professor of Economics at the Athens University of Economics and Business and Head of the Department of Economics since 2020. He is a Research Associate of the Hellenic Observatory, LSE. He served as Minister of Economy and Finance of the Hellenic Republic and Greece’s representative at the Eurogroup and the ECOFIN Council from 2004 – 2009. His research focuses on international macroeconomics, inflation and unemployment, economic growth, exchange rate regimes, monetary and fiscal policy and the European and Greek economies.

Helen Louri-Dendrinou studied at the Athens University of Economics and Business (B.Sc. Econ), London School of Economics and Political Science (M.Sc. Econ) and University of Oxford (D.Phil. Econ). She is Professor at the Department of Economics of the Athens University of Economics and Business since 2001 and has been the Chair of the Department since November 2015. Ηer research interests are in the areas of Industrial Organization and Market Dynamics, Foreign Direct Investment and International Economics, Finance and Banking Strategy. She was Deputy Governor of the Bank of Greece (June 2008 – June 2014). Currently she is a board member of IOBE and ELIAMEP and she chairs the Bank of Greece Cultural Centre Advisory Committee.

Lucas Papademos holds a Chair in Economic Sciences at the Academy of Athens and is President of the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy. He is Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Athens, Senior Fellow at the Center for Financial Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt, and Distinguished Fellow of CEPR in London. He served as Prime Minister of Greece (2011-2012), leading a government of national unity during a critical phase of the Greek debt crisis. Previously, he was the Vice-President of the European Central Bank from 2002 to 2010 and the Governor of the Bank of Greece from 1994 to 2002. He has also been on the faculty of Columbia University (1975-1984), the University of Athens (1988-2014), and the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2011-2013).

Christopher Pissarides is the 2010 Nobel Prize laureate in economics. He holds the Regius Chair of Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Chair of European Studies at the University of Cyprus. He is a macroeconomist who specialises in the economics of labour markets, economic growth and structural change, especially as they relate to obstacles to free-market clearing. In the last decade he has worked extensively on the employment implications of automation and artificial intelligence and on the emergence of China as a global economic power. He has received several prizes, awards and prestigious Academy fellowships for his work, including the Grand Cross of the Republic of Cyprus and a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.

Plutarchos Sakellaris is Professor of Economics and Finance at Athens University of Economics and Business. He also serves as Independent Non-Executive Director (INED) and Chairman of the Audit Committee at Cepal Hellas, and as INED, Chairman of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee and member of the Audit Committee at ElvalHalcor.  His previous academic positions included the University of Maryland and other Universities. From 2008 to 2012 he was Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB). Professor Sakellaris has published research on corporate investment, banking, systemic risk, business cycles, economic growth and education. 

Kevin Featherstone is Eleftherios Venizelos Professor in Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor in European Politics in the European Institute at LSE, where he is also Director of the Hellenic Observatory.

More about this event

Read the e-book at Greece and the Euro: from crisis to recovery.

Watch the video of the event of 30 September 2021 at E-Book Launch – Greece and the Euro: From Crisis to Recovery

The Hellenic Observatory (@HO_LSE) is internationally recognised as one of the premier research centres on contemporary Greece and Cyprus. It engages in a range of activities, including developing and supporting academic and policy-related research; organisation of conferences, seminars and workshops; academic exchange through visiting fellowships and internships; as well as teaching at the graduate level through LSE’s European Institute.

This event forms part of LSE’s Shaping the Post-COVID World initiative, a series imagining what the world could look like after the crisis, and how we get there.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEGreece

Link to the announcement of the Hellenic Observatory