Reimagining Money

Joining Legal and Economic Perspectives
Monday October 26, 2015


This event will explore the nature and social function of money, and identify present and future opportunities for interdisciplinary legal-economic research on related topics. Questions to be addressed include:

  • What is Money? How does something become money?
  • What is the role of law, and/or the state, in creating monetary systems?
  • How do legal and economic perspectives on money differ? How may they be combined to reveal new insights into the modern global economy?

The seminar is free and open to the public. It is closed to press and social media. The event will not be livestreamed or recorded. A write-up of the event under the Chatham House Rule will follow.



Katharina Pistor

Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law
Columbia Law School

Katharina Pistor is the Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, the Director of the School’s Center on Global Legal Transformation, and a member of Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought.

Robert Hockett

Edward Cornell Professor of Law
Cornell Law School

Robert Hockett joined the Cornell Law Faculty in 2004. He is a Fellow of the Century Foundation and regular commissioned author for the New America Foundation, and does regular consulting work for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the International Monetary Fund, Americans for Financial Reform, the ‘Occupy’ Cooperative, and a number of federal and state legislators and local governments.

Pavlina Tcherneva

Associate Professor of Economics & Economics Department Director
Bard College

Pavlina Tcherneva, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Economics, Director of the Economics Department and the Economics & Finance Program at Bard College, and Research Scholar at the Levy Economics Institute. She has worked with policymakers from Argentina, Bulgaria, China, Turkey, and the United States on developing and evaluating job creation programs, and conducted research on the financial and institutional aspects of direct job creation programs, the impact of public employment on women and the environment, and the relative merits of job and income guarantee proposals. She blogs for New Economic Perspectives.

David Bholat

Advanced Analytics Division
Bank of England

David Bholat works in the Advanced Analytics division at the Bank of England. A former US-UK Fulbright Fellow, he graduated with highest honors from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He subsequently received his Masters from the London School of Economics and his PhD from the University of Chicago.


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