The goal of the conference is to analyze the economic and political causes and consequences of long-term unemployment, as well as the potential policy responses that governments might pursue to address this problem in the coming years.
April 28, 2011
9 a.m.-11 a.m. Panel - Long term unemployment in industrial countries: Causes, Consequences and Policy Responses
- Moderator: Tim Smeeding, Director, IRP, and La Follette, UW [presentation]
- Panelist: Prakash Loungani, Advisor, Research Department, IMF [presentation]
- Panelist: Kenneth Scheve, Professor of Political Science, Yale [presentation]
- Panelist: Phillip Swagel, Professor of Public Policy, U.Maryland, and former Asst. Secretary of Treasury for Economic Policy
- Panelist: Rob Valletta, Research Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco [presentation]
Academic sessions: Rooms 325/326
1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Session 1: Politics, and Policy (in conjunction with the Political Economy workshop)
- Chair: Mark Copelovitch, Political Science and La Follette, UW
- Presenter: Kenneth Scheve, Political Science, Yale University: "Envy and Altruism in Hard Times".
- Discussant: David Weimer, Dept. of Political Science and La Follette, UW
- Presenter: Phillip Swagel, Public Policy, U. Maryland, and Kenneth Troske, Economics, U.Kentucky, "Training: A Proposal"
- Discussant: Carolyn Heinrich, La Follette, UW
3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Session 2: Identifying the sources of long term unemployment
- Chair: Tom DeLeire, La Follette and Population Health, UW
- Presenter: Prakash Loungani, IMF: "Cyclical versus structural unemployment"
- Discussant: Daniel Aaronson, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
- Presenter: Rob Valletta, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco: "Rising Unemployment Duration in the United States: Composition or Behavior?"
- Discussant: Rasmus Lentz, Dept. of Economics, UW