Inaugural lecture

18 April 2023 | Inaugural lecture



Distinguishing between cause and effect is at the heart of academic research in macroeconomics and many important public policy debates, as exemplified by Nobel Prizes in economic sciences (2011). Recent developments in macro-econometrics, and measurement have allowed a better understanding of the impacts of policy shifts and unanticipated events on the macroeconomy. In this talk Prof. Karel Mertens introduces the topic of causal inference in macroeconomics to a broad audience of students and researchers working at academic and policy organisations who are not necessarily active on the topic. He will provide illustrations based on the redistributive impacts of monetary and fiscal policies. 

Participation is free - registration is required




5:45 pm | Welcome at the auditorium Adam Smith

6:00 pm | Introduction - Medal of the International Francqui Chair

  • Prof. Jeroen Darquennes, Vice-Rector for International and External Relations at UNamur
  • Prof. Comte Claude d’Aspremont Lynden, Administrateur de la Fondation Francqui - Introduction of the International Francqui Chair
  • Prof. Romain Houssa, University of Namur, Nominator - Laudation

6:15 pm | Prof. Karel Mertens - Inaugural lecture-Causal Inference in Macroeconomics-SLIDES

7:00 pm | Prof. Pietro Zidda, Dean of the Faculty of economics, social sciences and management - Closing words

7:15 pm | Reception


Practical information

Tuesday 18 April 2023 - 6 to 8:00 pm - University of Namur - Auditoirum Adam Smith - Rempart de la Vierge, 8 - 5000 Namur.

For more information about how to join us, please go to the VENUE page.