Hans-Helmut Kotz is a visiting professor of economics at Harvard University, where he has been teaching a course on the Economics of European Integration during the fall semester since 2010. At the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), he co-chairs the European Economic Policy Forum. At Goethe University Frankfurt, Kotz is a senior fellow of the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE. He is also on the economics faculty of Freiburg University, where he teaches monetary economics. In addition to his academic positions, Kotz is a senior advisor to McKinsey & Co., an academic advisor to the McKinsey Global Institute, as well as a non-executive member of the board of Caixa General de Depósitos, Lisbon.
Between 2002 and April 2010, Kotz was a member of the executive board of the Deutsche Bundesbank, in charge of financial stability, markets and statistics and a member of committees of the Bank for International Settlements, the Financial Stability Board as well as the OECD, where he was chair of the financial markets committee. He was also the German Central Bank deputy for the G7/G8 and the G20 process. Between 2002 and 2005 he served in a personal capacity as a member of the European Parliament’s expert group on financial markets. He has published widely and is involved in a number of academic institutions, e.g., member of the board of the Konstanz Seminar on Monetary Theory; member of the scientific councils of the Paris-based Revue d’économie financière and the Centre Cournot; the advisory board of Credit and Capital Markets and the editorial board of Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung, Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung in Berlin.
How is monetary policy evolving in the face of recent crises? As central banks take on new roles, how accountable are they to democratic institutions?
What would happen if the ECB failed to respond to the excessively low inflation and the weak economy? And what economic policy would be suitable under