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13th Path to Full Employment/18th National Unemployment Conference - December 7-8, 2011

Major Theme: The Way Forward - Austerity or Stimulus

The Conference was held at the University of Newcastle from Wednesday, December 7 to Thursday, December 8, 2011.

The theme of the conference was the on-going economic crisis which means that tens of millions remain unemployed, a large proportion of productive capacity remains idle, and vast quantities of output and income are being foregone.

The political landscape seems divorced from this reality and instead of creating jobs governments are seeking ways to impose fiscal austerity to reduce their budget deficits at a time when private spending is still mostly weak.

The Conference will explored the apparent contradictions of the policy stances that are now emerging amidst the global unemployment crisis.

Video - Fiscal Austerity or Stimulus Panel

As part of the Conference a Fiscal Austerity or Stimulus Panel Discussion was held on December 8, 2011 and you can now view the discussion including the Q&A session in full

The panellists were:

  • Professor William Mitchell (CofFEE, University of Newcastle)
  • Professor L. Randall Wray (UMKC-Missouri)
  • Professor Joan Muysken (CofFEE-Europe, University of Maastricht)
  • Dr Bruce Philp (Nottingham Trent University)