Programme for the Policy Forum


How can Labour Market and Social Policies best help workers weather the storm of the crisis?

28 September 2009, OECD Conference Centre, Paris


The Policy Forum provided an opportunity for the social partners, researchers, Ministers and representatives of the civil society to discuss the social dimension of the economic crisis and how best policy-makers could respond to the challenges of rapidly rising unemployment which is likely to persist for some time even after the recovery gets underway.


 Questions for discussion at the Forum

- Are standard employment policies adequate to respond to the crisis?

- Do these measures need to be reinforced or complemented by other less conventional measures?

- What should be done to minimize the risk that the current steep rise in unemployment will become persistent into the recovery and beyond?

- How can dialogue with social partners and other stakeholders facilitate the design and implementation of the most suitable labour market and social policy package to help workers weather the storm of the crisis? 





ChairMr. Sven Otto Littorin, Minister for Employment, Sweden


Key note speakerProfessor David Blanchflower, Dartmouth College (U.S.) and former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee.




Programme for the Policy Forum

Monday 28 September 2009 


How can Labour Market and Social Policies best help workers weather the storm of the crisis?

9:30 - 9:40

Welcome by Mr. John Martin, OECD Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs

Introductory remarks by the Chair

9:40 - 10:10

Key note address by Mr. David Blanchflower, Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College (USA)

10:10 - 10:20

Opening comments by Minister

10:20 - 11:00

Comments by BIAC, TUAC and the ILO

11:00 - 11:20

Coffee break

11:20 - 11:30

Comments by Minister

11:30 - 12:20


12:20 - 12:30

Concluding remarks by Chair


Background document for the Policy Forum




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