Norges Bank

Of the uses of central banks: Lessons from history

Oslo, 5-6 June 2014

Participation by invitation only.

Program committee/Editors
Michael D. Bordo, Rutgers University
√ėyvind Eitrheim, Norges Bank
Marc Flandreau, The Graduate Institute
Jan F. Qvigstad, Norges Bank

The program features videos of the debate of the history panel and short summaries of presentations given by Michael D. Bordo, Barry Eichengreen, Marck Flandreau, Charles Goodhart, Harold James and Eugene White.

The conference will highlight evolutionary perspectives on central banks' responsibilities for price stability and financial stability. We seek high quality contributions which cover different aspects of central banks and central banking and how these tasks have been dealt with and developed over the course of the past two centuries. Sessions cover historical perspectives and international dimensions of central banking, the limitations and delineation of central banks' responsibilities in providing well-functioning financial markets and payment systems, as well as lessons we can draw from the recent financial crisis which will help shape the future use of central banks. In addition to 14 presentations there will be two panel debates, with a history panel and a policy panel respectively. All accepted papers will be considered for publication in a conference volume at a good academic publisher (e.g. Cambridge University Press).

Project timeline: The papers accepted for presentation at the June 5-6, 2014 conference in Oslo will be circulated in Norges Banks Working Paper series. The deadline for this version is May 17, 2014 for distribution to discussants and electronic publishing for the conference. After the conference there will be a tight editorial process and the final manuscripts are due to be sent off to the publisher of the conference volume by the end of December 2014.

If you have questions regarding the project, please direct your email to or (+4722316161).


The pre-conference workshop was held at The Graduate Institute in Geneva, 25-26 April 2013.

Published 22 April 2013 13:30
Edited 10 June 2014 14:55