38th Annual Monetary Conference — Digital Currency: Risk or Promise?
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased the demand for cash and placed a spotlight on the promise of digital currency. But risks remain. Cato’s 38th Annual Monetary Conference will bring together leading experts to examine the risks and promise of central bank vs. private (centralized and decentralized) digital currencies.
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James A. Dorn, Vice President for Monetary Studies, Cato Institute
A conversation with Jeb Hensarling, former chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Phil Gramm, former chairman of the Senate Banking Committee
Moderated by John B. Taylor, Professor of Economics, Stanford University, and Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
PANEL I: DIGITAL CURRENCY: STATE V. MARKET
Tobias Adrian, Financial Counsellor and Director, IMF Monetary and Capital Markets Department
Neha Narula, Director, Digital Currency Initiative, MIT Media Lab
Lawrence H. White, Professor of Economics, George Mason University
Eswar Prasad, Tolani Senior Professor of Trade Policy, Cornell University
Moderated by Jeanna Smialek, Federal Reserve and Economics Reporter, New York Times
PANEL II: DIGITAL CURRENCY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES
Jill Carlson, Cofounder, Open Money Initiatives
Alex Gladstein, Chief Strategy Officer, Human Rights Foundation
Martin Chorzempa, Research Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Moderated by Rachel Siegel, Federal Reserve and Economics Reporter, Washington Post
Caitlin Long, Founder and CEO, Avanti Financial Group
PANEL III: DIGITAL CURRENCY, COMPETITION, AND MONETARY POLICY
Jesús Fernández‐Villaverde, Professor of Economics, University of Pennsylvania
George Selgin, Director, Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, Cato Institute
David Andolfatto, Senior Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Dong He, Deputy Director, IMF Monetary and Capital Markets Department
Moderated by Nick Timiraos, Chief Economics Correspondent, Wall Street Journal
PANEL IV: DIGITAL CURRENCY AND FINANCIAL INCLUSION
Michael J. Casey, Chief Content Officer, CoinDesk
Charles W. Calomiris, Senior Deputy Comptroller for Economics, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Diego Zuluaga, Associate Director of Financial Regulation Studies, Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, Cato Institute
Moderated by Jen Wieczner, Senior Writer, Fortune Magazine
John A. Allison, Chair, Executive Advisory Council, Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, Cato Institute
Funding from the George Edward Durell Foundation is gratefully acknowledged.