My paper on statistical governance got accepted at the 13th Annual Conference on the Political Economy of international Organizations (PEIO), that was held in Vancouver on February 20-22, 2020. The paper is on the real economic effects of a statistical standard implemented and promoted by the IMF, so I took the chance to also present it in Washington. Being there, I got an invitation from the Fed to present on the statistical challenges of Fintech activities, see the entry on Fintech under topics. I presented both on the classification issues of Fintech and on our household survey on Fintech use in Germany
This was one of the hardest weeks I ever had, but an immensely valuable opportunity to get competent feedback on many important aspects of my current professional work. In a sense, I did this in the last minute — crossing the borders started to get cumbersome and difficult because of Corona. One week later, the trip would have been impossible.
In November 29, 2019 the International Statistical Institute (ISI), the Irving Fisher Committee of the BIS (IFC), the African Union and Statistique Tunesie organised a conference on Data Governance in Tunis. This gave me the chance to present the core results of a recent discussion paper on statistical governance and foreign direct investment, with a focus on African economies.
Most delegates came from African countries, both North and Sub-Saharan Africa. Discussions were lively, and in the course of the conference I had the chance to learn a lot about the problems of statistical governance in a rather direct way.
As a satellite event to the ISI World Statistical Congress in Kuala Lumpur, the Bank of Malaysia and the Irving Fisher Committee on Central Bank Statistics (IFC) hosted a seminar on statistics on Fintech, on August 17, 2019. Here is a link to my contribution. The seminar allowed me to also participate at the World Statistical Congress, with its many important meetings especially on statistics and globalisation.