Thomas Jordan: Fifth Karl Brunner Distinguished Lecture - introduction of Carmen M. Reinhart

Text of the Fifth Karl Brunner Distinguished Lecture by Mr Thomas Jordan, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank, Zurich, 23 September 2021.

Central bank speech  | 
24 September 2021

Ladies and Gentlemen

Good evening. My name is Thomas Jordan and I am the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank. We are very pleased to welcome you all to the fifth edition of the Karl Brunner Distinguished Lecture. We are delighted and honoured that Carmen Reinhart has accepted our invitation to give the lecture. This lecture was planned for September 2020, but had to be postponed by one year due to the pandemic, with the hope of welcoming Carmen and all of you in person here in Zurich. Given the still difficult situation with coronavirus, this has unfortunately not proven possible. Consequently, the fifth Karl Brunner Distinguished Lecture now takes place in a virtual format.

The Swiss National Bank established this lecture series in commemoration of the Swiss economist Karl Brunner, who was one of the leading monetary economists of the twentieth century. Our aim is to contribute to the public debate on questions related to our mandate, by inviting prominent academics whose research is relevant to central banking.

Carmen Reinhart is one of the most cited economists in the world, with contributions that cover a remarkable variety of topics, including financial crises, exchange rate policies and public debt. Despite her impressive academic track record, Carmen has had at least one foot in the world of policymaking throughout her career. Given her influence among both academics and policymakers, Carmen is an ideal person to hold the Karl Brunner Distinguished Lecture. Karl Brunner himself maintained close contacts with decision-makers around the world, always emphasising the importance of a continuous dialogue between academia and practice.