My continued love affair with Iceland and my column in Fréttablaðið

I have since September been writing a weekly column in the Icelandic daily Fréttablaðið. Obviously most of my regular readers of this blog do not read Icelandic (neither do I), but I am sure Google Translate will do a decent job translating Icelandic into English.

So have a look at my columns here:

Africa is hard hit by China’s slowdown

China will never be the world’s largest economy

Less foreign aid, more open borders

We need a mechanism for sovereign debt crisis resolution

Monetary tightening is warranted in Iceland

The ’dollar bloc’ is falling apart

I must say it gives me great joy to write for an Icelandic audience. After all since 2006 – when I co-authored the somewhat alarmist report The Geyser Crisis on the Icelandic economy – Iceland has had a very special role in my professional and personal life and I am happy to say I that I ever since 2006 have been a regular visitor to this great and very special country. After a hard start I think I safely can say that this has turned into a love affair.

Please visit and share!

See you in the States in October

I sometime ago announced that I will be visiting the US during October.

I am very happy about the programme as it looks now.

On October 15 I will be speaking Columbia University about the euro crisis. See the programme here.

On October 19 I will be speaking at the Sheboygan Economic Club. See the programme here.

And finally on October 22 I will be in Dallas first giving two lectures at SMU/Cox Business School and then a lecture at the Dallas Fed. See the programme for my lecture – China Might Never Become the Largest Economy in the World: Policy Challenges for China and the U.S. – at the Dallas Fed here.

Some of these events are open to the public so please sign up!

It will be a busy schedule for me in the US, but I will be happy to meet as many of my readers, friends, colleagues and clients as possible during my 10 days in the States and I might be able to squeeze in one or two meetings, presentations or lectures (at least if it is in New York or close by).

So don’t hesitate to drop me a mail ( You can also contact my agent Roz Hanna for booking. Roz’ email is

And if you can’t meet me this time around I expect to do my next US tour in the spring of 2016.

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PS I have started to write a regular column for the Icelandic newspaper Fréttablaðið. See the first column here (in English)

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