May 15, 2015 Print

Nobel Laureate economist Thomas J. Sargent will keynote the Emergency Economic Summit for Greece, May 19, 2015, in Athens. During the summit Sargent and others will prescribe a plan to break the cycle of crises that have plagued Greece for years.

ATHENS MEDIA CONTACT: Alexander Skouras,, +1-202-384-0238
WASHINGTON MEDIA CONTACT: Daniel Anthony,, +1-202-449-8441

Economic conditions in Greece have been on a steady downward slide since the nation’s economic crisis began in 2009. The GDP has dropped by more than 22 percent and more than half of the youth are unemployed, leaving many without hope. Although politicians have proposed numerous short-term fixes, too little attention has been given to structural reforms that would help ensure Greece’s ability to break its cycle of crises and return to economic prosperity.

Atlas Network’s Emergency Economic Summit for Greece — to be held on Tuesday, May 19, in Athens — will bring together leading economists and reformers to present a plan to implement these much-needed structural reforms. Keynote speakers will include Nobel laureate economist Thomas J. Sargent and Nicholas Economides, Professor of Economics, Stern School of Business, NYU. Other speakers include former managing director of the World Bank Juan Jose Daboub; University of Athens Associate Professor Aristides Hatzis; Bulgaria’s former Deputy Prime Minister Simeon Djankov; and many more.

The summit, sponsored Atlas Network along with the Cato Institute and several Athens-based organizations, will focus on restoring trust in the economy, ending a culture of political favoritism and cronyism, and creating a legal and business environment favorable to entrepreneurs and job seekers. Local media sponsors include exclusive print media sponsor Kathimerini, International New York Times, and Skai television.

Speakers of the summit will include, among others:

  • Thomas J. Sargent, Nobel Laureate in economic sciences and professor of economics, New York University
  • Nicholas Economides, Professor of Economics, Stern School of Business, NYU
  • Juan Jose Daboub, former minister of finance, El Salvador and former managing director, World Bank
  • Simeon Djankov, former Deputy Prime Minister, Bulgaria and Former minister of finance, Bulgaria
  • Aristides Hatzis, associate professor of philosophy of law & theory of institutions, University of Athens
  • Plus many more.

What: Emergency Economic Summit for Greece
When: May 19, 2015
Where: Megaron – Athens International Conference Center, Athens, Greece
Athens Media Contact: Alexander Skouras,, +1-202-384-0238
Washington Media Contact: Daniel Anthony,, +1-202-449-8441
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