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Jun 10

Testing Debt Tolerance

The Annual David Laidler Lecture with Jean Boivin, Head of the BlackRock Investment Institute

How long will the tolerance of high debt – and the low-yield regime – last? Join us on Thursday, June 10 to hear Jean Boivin, Managing Director of the BlackRock Investment Institute, tackle this important question.  

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The C.D. Howe Institute is deeply honoured to host the Annual David Laidler Lecture to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of Professor Laidler in the field of monetary policy.


Jean Boivin, Managing Director, BlackRock Investment Institute

Jean Boivin, PhD, Managing Director, is the Head of the BlackRock Investment Institute (BII). The institute leverages BlackRock's expertise and produces proprietary research to provide insights on the global economy, markets, geopolitics and long-term asset allocation - all to help clients and portfolio managers navigate financial markets.

Dr. Boivin oversees all of BII's activities and is responsible for ensuring that BII integrates research insights on portfolio construction, economics and markets with the long-term, whole-portfolio perspective that BlackRock's clients need today.

Dr. Boivin, who is a member of BlackRock's EMEA Executive Committee, also is BII's Global Head of Research. He is responsible for economic and markets research, and for developing the core principles and intellectual property that underpin BlackRock's approach to portfolio design, such as capital market assumptions and optimization tools.

Prior to joining BlackRock in 2014, Dr. Boivin served as Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada and Associate Deputy Finance Minister, serving as Canada's representative at the G7, G20 and Financial Stability Board. Dr. Boivin has also taught at Columbia Business School and HEC Montreal, and has written widely on macroeconomics, monetary policy and finance.

Dr. Boivin earned a B.Sc. degree in economics from the Universite de Montreal in 1995, an MA in economics from Princeton University in 1997 and a PhD in economics from Princeton University in 2000.

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