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Message from the Director

Bill Mitchell

Welcome to the Centre of Full Employment and Equity - or CofFEE - which is an official research centre at the University of Newcastle. The Centre seeks to promote research aimed at restoring full employment and achieving an economy that delivers equitable outcomes for all.

CofFEE has an active research staff who work together with our postgraduate students on several major research programs of public interest. We are at the forefront of the development of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) which provides an alternative understanding of macroeconomic policy. Other major programs of public interest include our work on the Job Guarantee and public sector employment in OECD countries, the development of alternative labour market indicators (measures of underemployment and labour underutilisation), the development of a new geography based on Functional Regions, the development of CofFEE 1 - our large-scale macroeconometric model of the Australian economy, creating effective employment arrangements for youth with psychosis (ARC funded), and extensive work on regional development and local labour markets employing spatial econometric and other spatial analytic techniques.

Some features of our work, which we hope can better inform public policy, include the development of the CLMI - the CofFEE Labour Market Indicators. These indicators provide a different view of the labour market than those typically available in the press. These indicators are updated each quarter and are based on our own research analysis. The CLMI will allow you to see just how badly the labour market is actually performing compared to the more optimistic picture provided by official ABS statistics.

CofFEE is active in public education and we endeavour provide a range of publications, including all of our working papers and occasional reports and submissions to various public enquiries for free. We also stage an annual conference and organise the occasional workshop.

We welcome community involvement in our activities and are available for public lectures. Our research staff regularly speak at professional and public policy conferences within Australia and abroad.

Bill Mitchell, Director

CofFEE advocates the implementation and maintenance of the Job Guarantee