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SUERF/Liberales Institut/University of Zurich

Cash on Trial

4-5 November 2015
Zurich, Switzerland

Over millennia, mankind has used hard cash in various forms ranging from shells to gold coins and paper. More recently, cash has become unpopular in political circles, as it effectively restricts states’ power to tax (explicitly or via negative interest rates) or to survey and potentially control their citizens. Several states have enacted restrictions to the use of hard cash. Above all, a strong new competitor to cash has arisen in the form of various electronic means of payment. Are we heading towards a society in which “coined freedom” (Dostojewski) will cease to exist?

Wednesday, 4 November 2015
18:00 Registration
18:30 Welcome

Pierre Bessard, Liberales Institut

Urs Birchler, SUERF President and University of Zurich

18:45 Panel: Bargeld und Freiheit

Chair: Michael Rasch, NZZ

Friedrich Schneider, Professor of Economics, University of Linz
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Peter Bernholz, Professor Emeritus, University of Basel
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20:00 Apéro Riche
Thursday, 5 November 2015
08:30 Registration
08:45 Opening and welcome

Urs Birchler, SUERF President and University of Zurich

Pierre Bessard, Liberales Institut

09:00 Session I

David Llewellyn, Professor, Loghborough University

Overview of Issues: Cash and Anonymity: Pro’s and Con’s
Malte Krüger, Professor, Hochschule Aschaffenburg, University of Applied Sciences
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The Demand for Cash Across Countries and Over Time
Helmut Stix, Oesterreichische Nationalbank

10:00 Session II

Why Cash is Suboptimal
Harry Leinonen, Senior Financial Counsellor, Ministry of Finance, Finland
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11:00 Coffee
11:15 Session III

The Fallacy of a Cashless Society
Aleksander Berentsen, Professor of Economic Theory, University of Basel
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Cash versus Card
Nicole Jonker, De Nederlandsche Bank
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Getting rid of Cash? Some Monetary Policy Considerations
Jens Ulbrich, Head of Economics Department, Deutsche Bundesbank
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12:30 Lunch
13:15 Session IV

Digital Currencies
Paolo Tasca, Deutsche Bundesbank and ECUREX
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Cash and Crime
Friedrich Schneider, Professor of Economics, University of Linz
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Informal Payments, Crime Control and Fragile Communities
Nikos Passas, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University
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15:00 Coffee
15:30 Session V

A Wider View
Jean-Charles Rochet, Professor of Banking, University of Zurich
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A few Thoughts on Cash and Money
Peter Sloterdijk, Philosopher and Writer

David Llewellyn, Professor, Loghborough University

17:00 Closing

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