FABIO CANOVA obtained the Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, has been assistant professor at Brown University and University of Rochester; associate professor at EUI and Brown University; and full professor at the University of Catania, Modena, Southampton, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

He has held a Chair in Monetary Economics at the University of Bern, and he has been ICREA research professor, and he currently holds the Pierre Werner chair in Monetary Union at the EUI. He has been an associate researcher with CREI, CREMeD, and Eprism and he is currently a researcher with the CEPR.

He has taught classes in numerous universities around the world an given professional courses at the Bank of England, Riksbank, Bank of Italy, Bundesbank, ECB, Bank of Spain, Bank of Portugal, Bank of Hungary, Bank of Argentina, Banco do Brazil,Banco de Peru, South

African Central Bank, Central Bank of Indonesia, Swiss National Bank, Banco de Mexico, Banco de La Republica de Colombia, Banco de Venezuela, Banco de Chile, Bank of Israel, Monetary and Banking Institute of Iran, Waifem, Cetral Bank of Chile, Central Bank of Korea, at the EABCN, at the Central Bank course in Genzersee, the EU Commission, the UK Foreign Office and UK treasury, among others. He has held consultancy positions with the Bank of England, the ECB, the Bank of Italy and the Bank of Spain and the IMF.

He has been ranked in the Econometrics and Applied Econometrics Hall of Fame and in the Top 100 most productive economists of the world in several polls over the last 10 years. He is also program director of the Budapest School of Central Bank Studies, member of the scientific committee of the EABCN, program chair for the European Meetings of the Econometric Society 2014, panelist of ANVUR and a referee for ERC, NSF, ESRC among others.

He is currently coeditor of the Journal of the European Economic Association and of the Journal of Applied Econometrics. He has published over 85 articles in international journals and his graduate textbook, Methods for Applied Macroeconomic Research, has been published in 2007 by Princeton University Press.

JEAN-CHARLES ROCHET is Swiss Finance Institute Professor of banking at Zurich University and research associate at IDEI (Toulouse School of Economics). He holds a Ph.D. in mathematical economics from Paris University.  He has taught at the Toulouse School of Economics, at the London School of Economics, and has visited many universities and central banks all over the world.  He was President of the Econometric Society in 2012 and has been a Fellow of this society since 1995. He has published more than 80 articles in international scientific journals and 7 books, including “Microeconomics of Banking” (with X. Freixas) MIT Press, and “Why are there so many banking Crises?” , Princeton UP. His research interests include banking, financial stability, industrial organization of financial markets, and contract theory.

MASSIMILIANO MARCELLINO is a professor of Econometrics in the Economics Department of Bocconi University, a fellow of CEPR and IGIER, and the Scientific Chairman of the Euro Area Business Cycle Network. He has published many academic articles in leading international journals on applied macroeconomics and econometrics, his main areas of research and teaching. He has worked as a consultant in these areas for several central banks and international institutions. He is currently an editor of the Journal of Forecasting and the coordinator of the European Forecasting Network.

STEVEN N. DURLAUF is Vilas Research Professor and Kenneth J. Arrow Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Durlauf co-directs the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group and is editor of the Journal of Economic Literature. His research spans a range of topics in microeconomics and macroeconomics.