member since 1997 (2008)
Chair 18L (2013)
Last updated 20 November, 2019
Missed meeting of full members 19 November due to a road hazard, and Angolan member Manuel Alves da Rocha also missed it, sorry to disappoint.
Book launch on 31 October, Salazar and financial cleansing by João Sousa da Câmara with my preface. This special launch took place at the Academy, in the same room as the joint session below because the author father and grandfather were members of the Science class as the President recalled at the beginning to yield the chair to Pedro Martínez, from the Humanities class (Law section) and dean of the Academy. The book was presented by Gonçalo Sampaio e Melo, Law section, and as prefacer I presented a few slides. After a comment from his son, who wrote an afterword, the author made a short statement, thanking participant and the numerous public to enjoy drinks which lasted well into the evening!
Aside from remembering the negotiations of the so-called League of Nations loan (which never materialized) and the article by Salazar for Foreign Affairs (which was never published), I took a public choice perspective on the interplay between financial constitution and reputation in 20th century Portugal, contrasting reforms by several Finance Ministers (one of them my predecessor in chair 18L). This “postface I did not write” draws on the item 526 of the list of publications.
Joint session on 31 October (it was originally scheduled for May 16, canceled abruptly, rescheduled for May 30 and then again with apologies in writing from the Secretary General): dedicated to tropical agricultural research by M.M. Romeiras and my overview of Science, Business and Culture for Development, with some reminiscence from our time at IICT.
Report on World Meeting Paris 2019 Heritage Sciences and Technologies, where I signed the (amended) Declaration of behalf of ACL; see the very short presentations of 12 slides used at the 21 & 28 February sessions (respectively Sciences and Humanities) and cut in half at the Royal Academy of Belgium on 27 April.
Summary of launches dubbed ABCDE in 2019
After launch of red book at Academy (10 May), Porto (27 September) and Coimbra (17 October), as mentioned below, three others followed, with Banco de Portugal to follow in 2020:
Nova on 22 January (one year after WP # 619) an initiative of the Economics Club (NEC) powered by Pita Barros, one of the authors, graced by the presence of the secretary general and tireless José Andrade, who sold a total of four books! My presentation here.
Católica Lisbon on 10 April
Católica Luanda on 2 May
Elections on 20 December: common sense prevailed and the incumbent withdrew at the last minute, allowing a smooth transition. I welcomed the result and called for an ethic committee in the spirit of Mandela. My statement is reproduced below.
After a long tenure of three years there is high drama with contenders, which can be summarized as follows: in one of the classes he who wants can’t; those who can won’t with possible knock-on effects on the other class. In effect everything went smoothly with Carlos Salema being elected President by unanimity, Artur Anselmo not standing and his vice-president Jorge Gaspar being elected by a wide margin. Having argued in the meeting of the Humanities Class the week before that Anselmo could not stand again after five years, I read a statement making a wish for renewal, which turned out to be carried forth.
Alexandre Castro Caldas Honors Daniel Serrão (1928-2017) and is received by José Manuel Toscano Rico on 6 December, made me think of my own reception, joint with Armando Lencastre, b. 1918 who died on the same year but I did not find out until a few months ago…
20 November attended Colloquium on Nelson Mandela (with South African and Algerian Ambassadors also present, aside from speakers): recalling his admirably succinct proclamation by Mário Júlio de Almeida Costa on 13 November, 2008 (very different from my introduction to the panel at the conclusion of his Centennial, on 5 December)
Will new by-laws be approved before elections? No
Book launch on 10 May
(a reference to new entrants after the 1974 revolution). P. Pitta e Cunha (13L, FDUL); José Luís Cardoso (15L, ICS); J. Braga de Macedo (18L, UNL); Manuel Porto (FDUC); Jaime Reis (8L, ICS); António Pinto Barbosa (UNL); Manuel Pinto Barbosa (UNL); Diogo Lucena (UNL); J. A. Sousa Andrade (FEUC); Isabel Horta Correia (UCP); Pedro Pita Barros (UNL); Eduardo Paz Ferreira (FDUL); Teodora Cardoso (CFP); Maria de Fátima Bonifácio (ICS); José Alves da Rocha (UCAN); Fátima Moura Roque (UCP); Renato Flores (FGV). There are also 8 guest contributors: Carlos Bastien (ISEG); Fernando Brito Soares (UNL); João César das Neves (UCP); João Rodrigues (FEUC); Luís Máximo dos Santos (BdP); Maria Eugénia Mata (UNL); Miguel Cadilhe (FEP). .
The workshop NSBEWP 619. The publication by the Academy counted on CEIC/UCAN and BFAngola support and further launches (with contributors listed above) have taken place in Porto (at FEP moderated by J. Varejão on 27/09) and Coimbra (at FEUC with FDUC and J. Reis on 17/10).
All economics and finance section and Portuguese-speaking foreign members meet on 19 May, 2016 and plan future meetings as described in the minutes.
Lusopheconomic luncheon on 7 January, with all members plus Alves da Rocha (Angola) and Renato Flores (Brazil), at Pão com Canela the same place where we met with Silva Lopes last year.
17 December 2015 Elections according to new by-laws: Anselmo elected President for three years, with Carlos Salema becoming President of Science Class and new vice-president
On 14 November, 2013 I became the fourth to receive a numbered chair. I was received by the third Pedro Soares Martinez (chair 11L), while the first was the dean of section 6 Manuel Jacinto Nunes (8L). Our testimonies are in NOVASBE Working Paper nº 577 version 2, December.
Luis Aires de Barros (as noted below the president of Lisbon Geographical Society ) and Artur Anselmo are elected president and vice-president respectively while reform of statutes remains on the agenda
17 December, 2009 I invoked Paul Samuelson’s death and announced on behalf of Manuel Jacinto Nunes, who could not attend and gave me his proxy vote, an initiative of the economics section for 2010 (code name LQL as above).
BOOK LAUNCH: NINE ESSAYS IN THE TRADITION OF JORGES BORGES DE MACEDO FOLLOWED BY RECEPTION WITH STUDENTS FROM INTRODUCTORY MACRO COURSE
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Gradual transition to full member
I was proposed to full member in mid 2007 by the dean of the section Manuel Jacinto Nunes and accepted by unanimity. Due to procedural oversight, the formal election (still by unanimity) was not carried out until 29 January 2008 under the chairmanship of the newly elected President Adriano Moreira.
Other presentations and events
Upon returning from the OCDE, I presented addresses on the global partnership for development in mid 2004 and on the 15th anniversary of entry of the escudo in the European Monetary System in April 2007.
Having been proposed as corresponding member of the 6th section (Economics) by the late António Manuel Pinto Barbosa, Manuel Jacinto Nunes, Paulo de Pitta e Cunha and others, I was unanimously elected at the plenary session of
My first presentation, on 18 June, 1998, was titled From Real to Euro, via Escudo. It was based on a conference presented at Turf Club in Lisbon on November 27, 1997 titled The forgotten inheritance of the real (1435-1911) and on the paper War, Taxes and Gold: the inheritance of the real (with Álvaro Ferreira da Silva e Rita Martins de Sousa), Nova Economics Working Paper nº 318, March 1998, revised as ISEG Working Paper WP 8/2000/DE, to appear in Transferring Wealth and Power from the Old to the New World, edited by Michael Bordo and Roberto Cortes-Conde, Cambridge University Press, 2001. This paper was also presented at the 12 IHEC in Madrid in August 1998 and at a pre-conference in Buenos Aires, April 1997. It is dedicated to the memory of Professor Teixeira Ribeiro,
Other useful references for my maiden presentation including more recent work on real exit from the gold standard 1854-1891 and excerpts from chapter by Eugenia Mata and Nuno Valerio in Currency Convertibility (quoted below):
· Portugal and European Monetary Union: Selling Stability at Home, Earning Credibility Abroad, in Monetary Reform in Europe, edited by Francisco Torres, Lisbon: Universidade Católica 1996 (item 136 in my bibliography ).
· Convertibility and Stability 1834-1994: Portuguese Currency Experience Revisited, in Ensaios de Homenagem a Francisco Pereira de Moura, Lisbon: Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão, 1995 (item 130 in my bibliography ).
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