On Thursday/Friday then, I will be at the 68th Economic
Policy panel at the Austrian National Bank in Vienna (where excellent research will be combined with delicious coffee!). A very interesting set of papers awaits us, including two papers on the Gig economy, one of them on Uber
drivers in London. Also, Barry Eichengreen et al. on Mercury vs. Mars – what explains which currency countries hold their foreign exchange reserves in –
economic or political reasons; with some interesting policy implications for both the US dollar and the Euro. Atish Ghosh et
al. discuss how policy makers have or have not adopted capital account restrictions in line with the reputation of such policies. I will try to tweet from the panel meeting.