Charles Goodhart: lifetime achievement award

Congratulations to Professor Charles Goodhart for earning Central Banking’s lifetime achievement award.  Central Banking chronicles many of Charles’ monetary policy and financial stability achievements and work on:

– Monetary frameworks,
– Risk management,
– Hong Kong peg,
– Independence of RBNZ,
– FX research,
– “The Great Demographic Reversal: Ageing Societies, Waning Inequality, and an Inflation Revival” with Manoj Pradhan and
– Goodhart’s law.

CFS is grateful to Charles for serving as a senior distinguished Advisory Board member since inception, engaging in roundtable discussions, as well as actively guiding CFS Bretton Woods working conferences over the years.

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A Monetary History of China, free online

I recently found out that the English translation of Peng Xinwei’s monumental work A Monetary History of China is now available free online. The work covers Chinese monetary history from ancient times through the end of the monarchy in 1911. Peng Xinwei was a scholar turned banker who was one of the victims of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution. The Chinese version of the book is from 1965. Edward Kaplan translated the book into English, an impressive feat of scholarship in its own right, and had it published in two volumes in 1994. I wrote a review of the book here.

There have of course been other notable books on Chinese monetary history since. Those that have caught my attention include Richard von Glahn’s Fountain of Fortune: Money and Monetary Policy in China, 1000-1700 and Jin Xu’s recently translated Empire of Silver: A New Monetary History of China. I have not seen a good history of the last century-plus of the Chinese monetary system, though there are books on subperiods and topics. For mainland Chinese scholars, the topic is fraught with difficulty, because under the first few decades of Communist rule, the monetary system was among the institutions that hindered China from experiencing the rapid and widespread economic growth enjoyed by Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan.

Rhodes on Debt for Vaccines program

CFS Chairman of the Advisory Board William R. Rhodes and World Health Organization epidemiologist Cristina Valencia offer an intriguing idea to help ameliorate the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America… debt for vaccine swaps.

Bill pioneered the use of debt for equity swaps throughout the Emerging world, as head of many advisory committees of international banks. The present idea builds on debt for nature swaps – integrating pharmaceutical companies.

We look forward to any comments you might have.

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Post BREXIT Risk Conference / Call for Papers

An important United Kingdom economics conference “Post BREXIT: Uncertainty, Risk Measurement and COVID-19 Challenges” is being held online on June 22-23.  Call for Papers information is below.

CFS Director of Advances in Monetary and Financial Measurement (AMFM) Professor William A. Barnett will be delivering a keynote lecture “Is the BREXIT Bifurcation Causing Chaos in the United Kingdom?”

Other keynotes include:

David Aikman: Professor of Finance and Director of the Qatar Centre for Global Banking and Finance, King’s Business School, King’s College.
Patrick Minford: Professor of Applied Macroeconomics at Cardiff University.
Professor Jagjit Chadha: Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR).
Professor Costas Milas: Professor of Finance at the Management School, University of Liverpool.

The Call for Papers at the U. of Birmingham is at:

If you would like to submit a paper, the Call for Papers contains a link to another online page providing more details about the conference and instructions about deadlines and how to submit.  The conference will produce special issues of two journals (Economic Modeling, and European Journal of Finance).

The conference is open to the public with no registration fee.  The Call for Papers contains a link to the registration page.