Events, Seminars, Conferences




Occupy Wall Street - photographs

A Keynesian demand
Debating strategy
Feeding the movement
Flags flying
Music & flowers

US Northeast Lectures and Seminars

17 October 2011, 4 pm
Political Economy Research Institute
and Department of Economics
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Title: Neoclassical Inflation: No theory there (paper)

18 October 2011, 4 pm
Department of Economics
New School University, New York City
Title: Neoclassical Inflation: No theory there (paper)

Anadolu International Conference in Economics
Eskisehir, Turkey, 15-17 June 2011

Plenary Lecture

Employment Generation
in the Challenging Situations of Fragility

1 June 2011, at the
Annual World Bank Conference on Development Economics
Powerpoint Presentation

International Initiative Promoting Political Economy,
Conference in Istanbul, 20-22 May 2011

Plenary Speech

Central Bank of Kenya
January-May 2011

The project began with a Central Bank of Kenya technical workshop on monetary policy with sessions chaired by Njuguna Ndung’u, Governor of the Central Bank; Terry Ryan, member of the Kenya Monetary Policy Committee; and John Weeks, SOAS University of London (programme here). Following from this seminar Alemayehu Geda (professor at Addis Ababa University), Stephen Karingi (senior economist at the UN Economic Commission for Africa), and John Weeks were asked by the governor to conduct a review of the forecasting model of the Central Bank. Now complete, the project supported the construction of the first formal forecast model for a central bank in sub-Saharan Africa other than South Africa. The formal launch of the model will be in June 2011 .

Causus of African Finance Ministers and Governors of the IMF, 
World Bank and African Development Bank

Freetown, Sierra Leone, 12-13 August 2009

The Caucus of African Finance Ministers, also known as the meeting of the African Governors of the IMF, World Bank and African Development Bank, meets every year in anticipation of the annual joint IMF and World Bank meeting in October. Prior to 2009 the Caucus was addressed by representatives of the International Financial Organizations, usually the IMF. I was invited by the Finance Minsters to be the keynote speaker for 2009, with the topic, "Countercyclical Policy for Low Income Countries". On the panel to comment on the address were representatives from the IMF, the World Bank and the African Development Bank.

Below is a link to the powerpoint for the address, along with a copy of the Freetown Declaration which called for African governments to initiate or strengthen countercyclcial interventions to overcome the effects of the international financial crisis. The text of the address is in the section of papers on Africa, "Countercyclical Policy for sub-Saharan Countries".

The Freetown Declaration 2009

Keynote address to African Finance Ministers August 2009


Policy Report for the Ministry of Finance, Republic of Sierra Leone, May-August 2009

Declines in export prices and remittances resulted in a major demand contraction for the economy of Sierra Leone. In April 2009 I was contracted by the Ministry of Finance, with funding from UNDP, to recommend measures to counter the external "shock". The report was completed in August 2009 and policies initiated by the ministry shortly thereafter . The report would not have been possible without the support of the research unit of the ministry, directed by Alimamy Bangura, and by Adusei Jumah of UNDP. (link to report).

Meeting of the Caucus of African Finance Ministers, 12-13 August 2009, Freetown Sierra Leone. Seated are the President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Koroma (centre) and Samura Karama, Minister of Finance. Standing alongside and behind John Weeks are finance ministers and officials from finance ministries throughout Africa.
John Weeks meeting with Samura Karama, Minister of Finance of Sierra Leone, July 2009, to discuss forthcoming report on macroeocnomic policy.

Economic Theory


Political Economy


Other policy reports

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