On economic transformation and the modern social market economy
Ludwig Erhard (1897–1977) was a prominent German politician in the post-war era. As first economics minister (1949-1963), then federal chancellor (1963-1966) of West Germany, he is widely credited as the principal author of the “Wirtschaftswunder,” Germany’s miraculous post-war economic recovery. Erhard’s reforms were based on his concept of soziale Marktwirtschaft or social-market economy – the notion that an economy must be competitive and social at the same time.
The Ludwig Erhard Lecture focuses on reform and the state of the European economy.
Leszek BalcerowiczAuthor of the “Balcerowicz Plan” for Polish Economic Renewal; Former Finance Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and National Bank President of Poland; Professor at the Warsaw School of Economics
"Economic Growth in the European Union"
Michel BarnierCommissioner for Internal Market and Services, European Commission
European Commission "Adapter le Marché Unique aux Réalités Economiques, Sociales et Technologiques du 21ème Siècle"
Herman Van RompuyPresident, European Council
"Restoring European Competitiveness and Growth"
Olli RehnCommissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, European Commission
"The Euro and The World: Better Governance for Sustainable Prosperity"
Viviane RedingCommissioner for Telecommunications and Media, European Commission
"Digital Europe: Europe's Fast Track to Recovery"
Lorenzo Bini SmaghiMember of the Executive Board, European Central Bank
"Growth and Inflation in the Euro Area: The Importance of Productivity in the Services Sector"
Michael GlosMinister of Economy and Technology, Germany; Chairman, Competitiveness Council during Germany's EU Presidency in the First Half of 2007
"Growth and Jobs: Reforms in Europe for Citizens and the Economy"
Karl-Heinz GrasserFinance Minister, Austria; Deputy Chairman, Eurogroup, during Austria’s EU Presidency in the First Half of 2006; Chairman, Economic and Financial Council
Raghuram RajanChief Economist, International Monetary Fund
“Getting Europe Moving Again: Concrete Ideas for Reform, Prosperity and Renewal”
Lucas PapademosVice-President, European Central Bank
“Determinants of Growth and the Role of Structural Reforms and Macroeconomic Policies in Europe”