past events ...

“National Conference to Create Living-Wage Jobs for All, Meet Human Needs & Sustain the Environment” in New York City on November 13–14, 2009

The National Jobs for All Coalition, the Chicago Political Economy Group, and other groups sponsored a “National Conference to Create Living-Wage Jobs for All, Meet Human Needs & Sustain the Environment” in New York City on November 13–14, 2009.


The goals of the conference include giving impetus to similar gatherings around the country and, in time, to create a mass mobilization in DC. Our concern is not only with current unemployment, but with the chronic problems of unemployment, underemployment, and stagnating wages. At the same time, our country has a wide range of unaddressed problems—decaying infrastructure, inadequate public services, pollution, and inefficient energy use.


More information is available here.


Petition to the Obama Administration Regarding Job Creation Initiative

In view of the global financial and economic crisis, and the Obama administration's commitment to put in place a stimulus package with the aim of creating jobs, members and supporters of our network drafted a petition. The petition urged the administration to ensure that the jobs created were accessible to women, minorities and the poor, and that job creation included social services along side infrastructure development and "green" jobs. Over 400 economists and social scientists signed on. To read more, click here.


The Brazilian Keynesian Association Hosts 2nd International Congress   

The Brazilian Keynesian Association (AKB) held their 2nd International Congress in Porto Alegre, Brazil, September 9–11, 2009. The Congress theme was “Financial Instability and Contemporaneous Capitalism.” With this theme, the AKB aimed at analyzing, in a Keynesian perspective and other heterodox approaches, the international financial crisis and its impacts on world economy, more specifically on Latin American and Brazilian economies. More information is available here.


Conference at the Levy Institute on Employment Guarantee Policies

On June 22 and 23, 2009, The Levy Economics Institute, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), convened an international conference to present the merits and challenges of public job creation programs as a constitutive component of an economic recovery strategy.

Please visit the Levy website for more information about this conference, including a copy of the final program, as well as a webcast of the entire conference proceedings.


CofFEE Conference 2008

The 10th Path to Full Employment Conference and the 15th National Conference on Unemployment were held at the University of Newcastle from Thursday, December 4 to Friday, December 5, 2008.

Keynote speakers included Professor Robert McCutcheon of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; Dr. Bob Birrell of The Centre for Population and Urban Research; Ton van der Bruggen of the Philips Employment Scheme and the Dutch electric company NUON; and Professor L. Randall Wray of the University of Missouri-Kansas City and The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College.

The final version of the program is available here.


International Seminar on Employment Alternatives for Economic Inclusion Held in Bogotá

This seminar was held in Bogotá, Colombia on October 29, 2008 and was sponsored by Fundación Agenda Colombia. The foundation is committed to a democratic and pluralistic diffusion of knowledge on development to all Colombians that wish to get information about international trends and national policies that may affect their everyday lives. This event was focused on public job creation that could be incorporated into official programs to address the predicaments of displaced people. Displacement is a distressing social phenomenon that has been fostered by all kinds of armed confrontations in Colombia during the last 20 years and, so far, governments have not succeeded in designing a strategy to reincorporate this population into full civic life. More information about presentations and other outcomes of the seminar will be posted on our website as it becomes available.


EFE Members Present in Latin America

L. Randall Wray delivered a talk on “Employer of Last Resort: The Path to Full Employment and Currency Stability” on August 26, 2008 as part of a lecture series in Bogota. For more information (in Spanish), click here.

Jan Kregel presented a paper on “Empleo y Estabilización de Precios” at the 10th Congreso de Economistas de América Latina y el Caribe in Bogota on September 5, 2008. For more information (in Spanish), click here.


The 10th International Post- Keynesian Conference

The 10th International Post-Keynesian Conference was hosted by the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Center for Full Employment and Price Stability (cFEPS) on June 29-July 1, 2008.  The theme of the conference was Post-Keynesian Economic Policy.

Brazilian Citizen City International Symposium on ELR

The Brazilian Citizen City International Symposium on ELR was hosted by the Brazilian Institute for Full Employment with participation of Economists for Full Employment, sponsored by the National Development Bank of Brazil (BNDES). The theme of the conference, held May 9-10, 2008 in Rio de Janeiro, was "The Citizen City International Symposium of ELR." The final agenda, with links to the presentations, is available here


Employment Opportunities and Public Employment Policy in Globalising India

The Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, Kerala, India held a conference from April 3-5, 2008. The objectives were to analyse the employment situation in the post-liberalised Indian Economy and also to discuss international experiences with public employment policies as well as public employment policy initiatives with special emphasis on National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), 2005. The final agenda, with links to the presentations, is online here.


CofFEE Conference 2007
"The Challenge to Restore Full Employment Conference" incorporated "The 9th Path to Full Employment Conference" and the "14th National Conference on Unemployment," and was held at the University of Newcastle on Thursday, December 6 and Friday, December 7, 2007. The final program is online here.


12th Regional Meeting on Labor Intensive Construction 2007
On October 8-12, 2007 five of our members presented their work and launched the network in a session organized by “Economists for Full Employment” during the Durban meeting, sponsored by the ILO and the Government of South Africa. To read the text of the report in .pdf format, click here. To download the report in MS Word format, click here.


CofFEE Conference 2006
The Full Employment or WorkChoices and Welfare-to-Work Conference 2006 incorporated the 8th Path to Full Employment Conference and the 13th National Conference on Unemployment. It was staged at the University of Newcastle, Thursday, December 7 and Friday, December 8, 2006.


Employment Guarantee Policies: Theory and Practice
The focus of this conference was on country experiences and government policy initiatives that aim to create a safety net through public service employment for individuals who are ready, willing, and able to work but find themselves in an economic environment that does not offer employment opportunities.The conference was held October 13–14, 2006, at the Levy Institute’s research and conference center in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. For more information about the conference, including audio presentations, click here.


ILO Inter-regional Workshop on Employment-Intensive Investment Policies and Practices
Held October 9–13, 2006 in Turin, Italy, this workshop focussed on how to conceive and implement employment-intensive programmes, as well as on how to mainstream the employment-intensive approaches into national policies and poverty reduction strategies, also in line with the existing decentralisation processes. The workshop was organised by the Employment and Skills Development Programme of ITC-ILO in collaboration with the EIIP Programme of the ILO.