Economic experts discuss aftermath of the GFC
The Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE) at the University of Newcastle will host the international conference ‘The Aftermath of the Crisis’ on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 December 2010.
CofFEE Director, Professor Bill Mitchell, said the conference was timely as businesses were beginning to recover from the crisis.
“During the crisis, many businesses rationed hours of work to cope with the declining demand for goods and services,” Professor Mitchell said.
“Now more than ever, greater focus has to be placed on job creation to protect the most disadvantaged workers from lengthy spells of unemployment.”
The conference will cover issues such as: employment outcomes for people with mental health issues or disabilities; the legacy of the global financial crisis; full employment; job guarantees; underemployment; social inclusion and regional labour market disparities.
The conference has attracted a number of acclaimed speakers.
Thursday 2 December 2010
• Dr Beth Cook, research fellow with CofFEE, will present the findings of a three-year Australian Research Council linkage project with Hunter Institute of Mental Health, ‘Creating effective employment solutions for persons with psychosis’.
• Marshall Auerback from international investment firm Madison Street Partners, will discuss the implications of the ongoing European financial crisis for the European Union, and whether there should be a ‘United States of Europe or a Full Exit From the Euro’.
• CofFEE Director, Professor Mitchell will speak about reforming our economic policy and regulative framework.
Friday 5 December 2010
• Professor L. Randall Wray, from CofFEE, will present a critique of, and democratic alternatives to current policies used by governments to control currency supply.
The conference incorporates the 12th Path to Full Employment conference and the 17th National Conference on Unemployment.
A full conference program can be viewed at http://e1.newcastle.edu.au/coffee
The conference will be held on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 December 2010 on Level 2 of the General Purpose Building at the University of Newcastle’s Callaghan campus. For interviews and information contact: Professor Bill Mitchell on 02 4921 5027 or 0419 422 410.