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17-18  September 2019

 NAEC - New approaches to economic challenges

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AVERTING SYSTEMIC COLLAPSE

MEETING OF THE NAEC GROUP

OECD Conference Centre (Room CC9)

The New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) Initiative, established to distill the lessons from the Global Financial Crisis has suggested that a new crisis could emerge suddenly, from many different sources, and with potentially harmful effects. OECD Member and Partner countries are confronting multiple challenges that can only be addressed through effective analytical, governance and policy approaches. This Conference will discuss these approaches to better understand and respond to the interconnections between financial, economic, environmental and societal systems. While policymakers generally focus on how to harden components of these systems affected by specific threats, such approaches do not often address cascading effects. Notably, this includes systemic risks, which result from the threat that individual failures, accidents, or disruptions present to a system through the process of contagion.   

Systemic threats are a particular challenge to governments due to their stochastic and relatively low frequency nature. This means that the likelihood of systemic or cascading effects that are difficult to model and analyse with traditional tools of economic analysis. Such cascades, if not mitigated or checked, have the capability of triggering systematic degradation or collapse from which it is difficult or impossible to fully recover. When they emerge, systemic threats have the potential to completely and irreversibly disrupt the original configuration of a given system – replacing it with something altogether new, albeit significantly degraded.

This conference will explore the latest scientific findings and policies on the extent to which stressed and strained complex systems could be placed on a sounder footing through strengthened buffers, safeguards and systemic resilience. Discussion will be centred on new approaches to economic theory and policy, new tools and techniques to understand systems and strategies to address systemic threats. A variety of new approaches to environmental, social and economic issues will be explored. The debates will be enriched by the contributions of experts from a range of disciplines, including economics, political science, engineering, physics, and biology.

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> Agenda (pdf) / Ordre du jour (pdf)

 

> Speaker biographies (pdf)

 

> Logistical note (pdf)

17 September 2019

   

 Opening remarks

9:30-10:00

Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa

Laurence Boone, OECD Chief Economist

Martine Durand, OECD Chief Statistician

 Session 1: Beyond Growth: Towards a New Economic Approach
 10:00-12:00

Moderator: Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa

Speakers:

  • Michael Jacobs, Professorial Research Fellow, Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI)
  • Mariana Mazzucato, Professor of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL) and Director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
  • Dennis J. Snower, Founder and President, Global Solutions Initiative
  • Rachel Griffith, President of the Royal Economics Society, Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and Research Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) in London

Discussants:

  • Konrad Pesendorfer, Chair of the Committee on Statistics and Statistical Policy (CSSP)
  • Manfred Schekulin, Chair of the Investment Committee (INV)

Publication: Report of the Secretary General’s Advisory Group on a New Growth Narrative: Beyond Growth: Towards a New Economic Approach

 Session 2: New Analytical Tools and Techniques
 12:00-13:00

Moderator: Laurence Boone, OECD Chief Economist

Speakers:

New Analytical Tools and Techniques to Better Understand Systems

Session 3: Systems Thinking, Anticipation and Resilience:
Averting Systemic Collapse

 15:00-17:30

Chair: Martin Lees, Chair of the OECD-IIASA Task Force on Systems Thinking, Anticipation and Resilience

Keynote speaker: Angel Gurria, OECD Secretary-General

  • Albert van Jaarsveld, Director General and Chief Executive Officer, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
  • Doug Erwin, Senior Scientist and Curator of Paleobiology at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution, and Santa Fé Institute
  • Jean-Marc Jancovici, Co-founder and Partner of Carbone 4, Associate Professor at École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris
  • Barry C. Lynn, Executive Director, Open Markets Institute
  • Igor Linkov, Risk and Decision Science Team Lead, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center
  • Martin Lees, Chair of the OECD-IIASA Task Force on Systems Thinking, Anticipation and Resilience

Discussants:

Publications:

IIASA-OECD publication: Systemic Thinking for Policy Making - The Potential of Systems Analysis for Addressing Global Policy Challenges in the 21st Century

NAEC Report on Resilience Strategies and Approaches to Contain Systemic Threats

Session 4: Remarks from Committee Chairs and Ambassadors
 17:30-18:00

18 September 2019

   
Opening
 9:30-10:00

Keynote speaker: Angel Gurria, OECD Secretary-General

 Session 5: New Approaches to Environmental Challenges
 10:00-12:30

Chair: Leslie Harroun, Director, Partners for a New Economy

Speakers:

  • Jean-Marc Jancovici, Co-founder and Partner of Carbone 4, Associate Professor at École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris, Member of the French delegation to the Conference of the Parties (COP) (Poznan, Copenhagen, Paris)
  • Steve Keen, Professor and Distinguished Research Fellow at the the, Institute for Strategy, Resilience & Security (ISRS) of University College London
  • Francois Lafond, Senior Research Officer, Institute for New Economic Thinking, University of Oxford
  • Sony Kapoor, Managing Director Re-Define

Discussants:

 Session 6: New Approaches to Social Challenges
 14:00-16:00

Moderator: Kenneth Swinnerton, Chair of the Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Committee (ELSAC)

Speakers:

  • Mark Blyth, Political Economist, Watson Institute, Brown University
  • Rachel Griffith, President of the Royal Economics Society, Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and Research Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) in London

Discussant:

  • Michael Jacobs, Professorial Research Fellow in the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) and principal author of the report of the Secretary-General’s Advisory Group
Session 7: Understanding the New Economy
 16:00-17:30

Moderator: Megan Greene, Senior Fellow at Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School

Speakers:

  • Barry C. Lynn, Executive Director, Open Markets Institute
  • Dennis J. Snower, Founder and President, Global Solutions Initiative
  • William White, Economist, former Chair of the Economic Development Review Committee (EDRC)

Discussants:

  • Andràs Hlàcs, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Digital Economy Policy (CDEP)
  • Thierry Lange, Chair of the Committee on Industry, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE)
Closing remarks
 17:30

Irena Sodin, Ambassador to the OECD, Permanent Representative of Slovenia

Erdem Basci, Ambassador to the OECD, Permanent Representative of Turkey

Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa