Economic & Political Leadership from the Emerging World?

A Focus on the BRICs: Brazil, Russia, India & China

Thursday, March 29, 2012 (8:30 AM – 5:30 PM)
Meadows Museum (map)

The 2012 Jno. E. Owens Memorial Foundation Conference will bring together scholars and policy experts to discuss current thinking on whether emerging markets will continue to boost world growth and open their market structures and regulartory regimes over the coming years. The conference will focus on Brazil, Russia, India, and China and explore the following questions: What changes have we seen from them over the past five years? Will these and other important changes continue over the next five years? Can we expect rapid further convergence of income levels or are these countries more likely to experience episodic growth? Should we be concerned that the rich world depends so much on the continued growth and opening of these emerging economies?

Agenda & Speakers




Welcome & Introduction


Panel 1– Development Progress in the BRICs

  • Mark A. Wynne (Chair), Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • James P. Walsh, International Monetary Fund
  • Minxin Pei, Claremont McKenna College
  • Richard Ericson, East Carolina University
  • Peter R. Kingstone, University of Connecticut

Panel 2– Trade/Investment Policy Issues in the BRICs

  • Shubha Ghosh (Chair), University of Wisconsin
  • Thomas Osang, Tower Center, SMU
  • Li Gan, Texas A&M University
  • Keith Maskus, University of Colorado

Keynote Luncheon– Anne O. Krueger, Professor of International Economics, Johns Hopkins University


Panel 3– Energy Needs and Policy Differences

  • Bernard Weinstein (Chair), Southern Methodist University
  • David Arseneau, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
  • Barry W. Ickes, Pennsylvania State University
  • Carlos Rufin, Suffolk University

Roundtable on Policy Prospects

  • Kathleen B. Cooper (Chair), Tower Center, SMU
  • Philip Levy, Columbia University
  • Devin Joshi, University of Denver