New Approaches to Economic Challenges

New Approaches to Economic Challenges Seminar Series



NAEC Seminar Series

Since September 2013, the NAEC Seminar Series offers every month a programme of discussions on key global issues and OECD work.

The programme includes two types of seminars: (i) Project Seminars to discuss the outcomes of NAEC Projects; and (ii) Research Seminars on emerging tools and approaches, featuring prominent experts such as Thomas Piketty, Angus DeatonRoman Frydman or Ha-Joon Chang more recently.


Presentations are structured in a roundtable format, followed by a debate with participants from the Secretariat and Delegations. The aim is to improve our understanding of challenges and emerging trends, necessary policy adjustments following the crisis, and the role that new methods and tools could play in policy making going forward.


The NAEC Seminar Series offers the unique opportunity to discuss openly and horizontally relevant and innovative approaches to formulating better policies. YOU TOO can play your part in helping shape policy adjustments to address global challenges. Register!

For more information on past seminars, and to view the slides, please see the calendar below:

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We have the pleasure to invite you to the upcoming NAEC Seminars, taking place at the OECD Headquarters:

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Past presentations

November 2015

27 November 2015Enhancing our Analytical Frameworks: The Potential of Big Data Analytics [Watch the webcast]

26 November 2015 - M. Bárta [bio] - Punctuated Equilibria and the Dynamics of Complex Societies

12 November 2015 - S. Bowles [bio], W. Carlin [bio] and O. Favereau [bio]Teaching Economics [Watch the webcast]

12 November 2015 - J.-W. Lee [bio] - Education Matters

9 November 2015 - M. Blyth [bio] - Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea [Watch the webcast: Part 1 and Part 2]

6 November 2015 - G. Gillespie [bio] - Scottish Inclusive Growth Strategy

October 2015

26-27 October 2015 - Workshop "Complexity of the Economy: Research and Policy Implications"

21 October 2015 - J. R. Wedel [bio]Unaccountable: How Elites Corrupt Finance, Freedom and Security

12 October 2015 - G. Tett [bio] - The Silo Effect

5 October 2015 - J.E. Roemer [bio] - Sustainability for a Warming Planet

September 2015

30 September 2015 - S. Zadek [bio] - Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System

23 September 2015 - Golden Ageing: Prospects for Healthy, Active, and Prosperous Aging in Europe and Central Asia 

21 September 2015 - When science meets policy: How big data affects water and climate policies

18 September 2015 - Launch and discussion of the NAEC Synthesis [Agenda | Watch the webcast]

May 2015

22 May 2015 - S. Agrawala, R. Dellink, P. Borkey (OECD) - 'Costs of Inaction on Environmental Challenges: Insights from a NAEC Project

20 May 2015 - J. Zettelmeyer (Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany) [bio] - 'Policy options to encourage higher public investment in Germany'

18 May 2015 - F. Borgonovi and T. Burns (OECD) - 'The role of education and skills in shaping inter-personal trust

04 May 2015 -  Y. Algan (Sciences Po) [bio] - 'The superiority of economists?'

April 2015

24 April 2015 - G. Karacaoglu (New Zealand Treasury) [bio] - 'Using living standards in policy making: The example of New Zealand'

20 April 2015 - N. Ruiz (OECD) - 'The real picture on inequality'

17 April 2015 - I. Goldin (Oxford University) [bio] - 'The Butterfly Defect: Globalisation, Complexity and Lessons from the Financial Crisis'

13 April 2015 - T. Smeeding (University of Wisconsin-Madison) [bio] - 'Inequality and Intergenerational Mobility'

March 2015

27 March 2015 - R. Z. Aliber (University of Chicago) [bio] - 'Currency Turbulence and Banking Crises'       

16 March 2015 - T. Oshio (Hitotsubashi University) [bio] - 'Income inequality and well-being in Japan'

11 March 2015 - R. Ahrend (OECD) - 'Urban productivity and governance: Presentation of two reports on cities: “The Metropolitan Century” and “Governing The City”'

4 March 2015 - K. Wilson (OECD) - 'Social Impact Investment' - [Link to publication]

February 2015

19 February 2015 - V. Gayon (Université Paris Dauphine) [bio], M. Schmelzer (Jena University) [bio] and R. Woodward'NAEC in historical perspective'

13 February 2015 - H-J. Chang (University of Cambridge) [bio'Economics: The User’s Guide'

February 2015 - A. Offer (University of Oxford) [bio'Social Democracy, the Nobel Prize in Economics and the Market Turn'

January 2015

27 January 2015 - L. Cusmano (OECD) - 'New Approaches to SME and Entrepreneurship Financing'

23 January 2015 - Workshop - 'Behavioural Insights and New Approaches to Policy Design' Programme

21 January 2015 - B. Cournède (OECD) - 'Finance, Growth and Income Inequality'

16 January 2015 - L. Hoogduin (University of Groningen) [bio- 'Complexity Economics'

09 January 2015 - I. van Staveren (Erasmus University Rotterdam) [bio] - 'The Lehman Sisters Hypothesis'



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