3rd INFER-Workshop on Economic Policy: New Challenges to Labour Market Policy
From: 2001-01-09 to: 2001-01-09
Place: Birmingham, UK
We would like to thank our sponsors:
First of all, for extensive support, the Institute for German Studies, The University of Birmingham, but also, for financial aid, our publishing house, the Verlag für Wissenschaft und Forschung,
With German mass unemployment remaining high and an unemployment rate of still around 20 per cent in the new Länder as a legacy of reunification with the East and as a result of policy mistakes, labour market measures are back under the spotlight. Most recent scientific evaluations demonstrate that measures aiming at direct integration into the primary labour market tend to outperform other types of job creation measures, particularly those involving the secondary labour market. This knowledge seems to be well established in the scientific community at least, though a political economy problem of adequate policy measures still persists. As these issues were widely discussed recently, it was the goal of the workshop to put the limelight on new and rather neglected topics in the field of labour market policy. Future challenges to labour market policy include, in particular,
- demographic change and how to deal with resulting skill shortages,
- the role of the European level in dealing with future unemployment problems,
- the question of how to solve problems at a local level, and
- challenges to labour market and social policy due to the transition towards the New Economy characterised by a rising importance of information – both as output and input good – in virtually all sectors of the economy.
Everybody working in the area or interested in the field of employment and labour market policy was invited to attend the workshop. Thus employees of labour market institutions, university academics, members of research institutes, analysts of financial institutes and advanced students of economics were most welcome.
The workshop took place at the Institute for German Studies, The University of Birmingham.
11:15 – 11:30
Prof. William E. Paterson, Director, Institute for German Studies, The University of Birmingham
11:30 – 12:00
Demographic Skills Shortages and Immigration
Dr. Simon Green, Institute for German Studies, The University of Birmingham
12:00 – 12:30
Demographic Changes as a Neglected Field of Labour Market Policy in Europe?
PD Dr. Rüdiger Wink, Institute for German Studies, The University of Birmingham and Department of Economics, Bochum University
12:30 – 13:00
13:00 – 14:30
14:30 – 15:15
Do we Need a European Employment Policy?
PD Dr. Werner Sesselmeier, Department of Economics, The University of Darmstadt
15:15 – 16:00
The Territorial Challenge: Tailoring Active Labour Market Policies to Local Needs
Dr. Corinne Nativel, OECD, Paris
16:00 – 16:15
16:15 – 17:00
Labour Market and Social Policy for a Renewing Economy
Dr. Lothar Funk, Trier University and Institute for German Studies, The University of Birmingham
16:20 – 17:00
All papers presented at the workshop have been published as INFER Studies Vol. 6 by the Verlag für Wissenschaft und Forschung.
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