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1st Trade Union related Economists Conference

[22-09-2016 - 23-09-2016]
As progressive economic ideas need to be heard more on a genuinely European level, especially the ones developed by economists linked to trade unions, the idea of a special conference came up.

As progressive economic ideas need to be heard more on a genuinely European level, especially the ones developed by economists linked to trade unions, the idea of a special conference came up. Too often the discourse remained confined within national boundaries. Even EMU-wide reforms like the new European Economic Governance, which are issues concerning all member states and widely opposed by Trade Unions and progressive economists, only face isolated attacks addressed to national policy makers.

The aim of the conference (which was organized by the AK in cooperation with the ETUI as a 'semi-closed' workshop of economists interested in shaping their national as well as European economic policies) was thus threefold:

· Bringing together economists linked to the Trade Union movement especially of the big Eurozone countries. Since we are already promoting progressive welfare-oriented economic policies in our home countries in a similar way, the objective was to exchange information about our current activities.

· Discussing the most important issues of economic policy with which we are confronted today, and find ways to overcome the dominant restrictive economic policies.

· Finding a more structured form of cooperation beyond this single event.

This was the programme:

1. Welcome & Strategic Input (Maria Jepsen, ETUI; Christoph Klein, AK; Matthieu Méaulle, ETUC)

2. Inequality of income and wealth (headed by Miriam Rehm)
main intervention: Mario Pianta (Sbilanciamoci, IT)
comments: Signe Dahl (AE, DK), Matthias Schnetzer (AK, AT)

3. Unemployment as the major macroeconomic challenge (headed by Sotiria Theodoropoulou)
main intervention: Raul Sampognaro (OFCE, FR)
comments: Ronald Janssen (TUAC, EU), Markus Marterbauer (AK, AT)

4. fiscal policy beyond fiscal rules: effective tax coordination and employment targeting (headed by Christa Schlager)
main intervention: Achim Truger (HWR Berlin, DE)
comment: Catherine Mathieu (OFCE, FR)

5. competitiveness – a prerequisite for wellbeing and convergence in Europe?
(headed by Sepp Zuckerstätter)
main intervention (& text): Jorge Uxó (UCLM, ES)
comments: Odile Chagny (IRES, FR), Andrew Watt (IMK, DE)

6. democratizing enterprises to increase employment and investment? (headed by Bruno Estrada)
main intervention: Mario del Rosal Crespo (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, ES)
comments: Paul De Beer (AIAS, NL), Simon Schumich (AK, AT)

7. Discussion – How to facilitate policy-relevant progressive economic advice?
Moderation: Georg Feigl (AK, AT) and Martin Myant (ETUI, EU)

Documents:

Competitiveness. A prerequisite for wellbeing and convergence in Europe? - Jorge Uxó

Competitiveness. A prerequisite for wellbeing and convergence in Europe? - Jorge Uxó (Text)

Competitiveness – a prerequisite for wellbeing and convergence in Europe? Comments - Odile Chagny (Ires, France)

WAGES, COMPETITIVENESS, CURRENT ACCOUNT IMBALANCES - Andrew Watt

WAGE-EARNER FUNDS A way towards industrial democracy? (The Swedish case) - Mario del Rosal

Democratizing enterprises to increase employment and investment? - Simon Schumich

Fiscal Policy beyond fiscal rules: Effective tax coordination and employment targeting - Achim Truger

Fiscal Policy beyond fiscal rules: Effective tax coordination and employment targeting By Achim Truger - Discussion Catherine Mathieu

Inequality Explanations and labour-friendly policies - Mario Pianta

Inequality Comment - Signe Dahl

Inheritances and social mobility - Matthias Schnetzer

Macroeconomic imbalances in a low-inflation era - Raul Sampognaro

USING OECD TO INFLUENCE ECONOMIC POLICY IN EUROPE? - Ronald Janssen

Unemployment as the major macroeconomic challenge - Markus Marterbauer

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