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PEF at the CEA meetings 2010

Hi all,

Last time I was in Quebec City, I got tear gassed by my government during the 2001 Summit of the Americas. I’m sure next week’s trip for the CEA conference will be much better than that. In fact, we have an amazing line up of panels, including a new Galbraith lecture from this year’s winner, John Loxley.

Thanks to Nick Falvo for being our liaison with the CEA once again. And also special thanks to the CEA, who have provided us with financial support for our panels and participation for several years now. I’ve reprinted the full agenda below.

In addition to the panels we will be having a social on Friday night, and our AGM on Saturday at lunch time. We will provide lunch for PEF members, and then get down to our annual business, which this year includes electing a new Chair.

Hope to see you in Quebec,

Marc

PEF Events (all in Room 423, Petit Seminaire)

Friday, May 28, 09:00 – 10:30
PEF I: Was Financialization Rational for Capital?

Organizer: Robert Chernomas (U. of Manitoba)
-Fletcher Baragar, “Why Financialization, Why Now?”
-Robert Chernomas, “From Growth Stagnation to Financial Crisis: A
Missing Link in Mainstream Theory”
-Mara Fridell & Mark Hudson, “Financialization, Enabling Policy, and
Elite Policy Networks in the USA”
-John Loxley, “The Financialization Crisis and Sovereign Debt”

Friday, 11:00 – 12:30
PEF II: Canada’s Economic Security and the Great Recession: What Have
We Learned?

Organizer: Andrew Jackson (CLC)
-Andrew Jackson, “Employment Insurance ”
-Armine Yalnizyan, “Rethinking Economic Security”
-John Stapleton, “Social Assistance”
-Nick Falvo, “The Great Recession’s Impact on Homelessness”

Friday, 14:30 – 16:00
PEF III: Panel – Is There a Market Fundamentalist Message in the
Introductory Textbooks?

Organizers: Rod Hill (UNB) and Tony Myatt (UNB)
-Rod Hill (UNB) and Tony Myatt (UNB)
-Avi Cohen (York)
-Mel Cross (Dalhousie) and Brian MacLean (Laurentian), “To Be
Determined”
-Marc Lavoie (U. Ottawa) and Mario Seccareccia (U. Ottawa),
“Perspective on the Hill-Myatt Book from our Experience with the
Baumol/Blinder Project”
-Chris Ragan (McGill)

Friday, 16:30 – 18:00
PEF/URPE IV: Labour in a time of crisis, comparing experiences and
prospects in Canada and the US.

Organizer: Mathieu Dufour
-Michael Lynk (Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario),
“Hydraulic Relationships: Labour Law and Economic Inequality”
-Armine Yalnyzian (CCPA), “Transformers: Recession’s Impacts on
Canada’s Labour Market”
-Mike Hillard (University of Maine), “Class Politics and American
Employer Exceptionalism: Why is the U.S. So Conservative?”
-Jeannette Wicks-Lim (Political Economy Research Institute), “U.S.
Policy Considerations to Guarantee Workers a Decent Standard of Living”

Friday, 18:30-20:30, PEF Social
Location TBD

Saturday, 0900-10:30
PEF/CSLS V:  Understanding Happiness in Canada and the United States”

Organizers: Andrew Sharpe (CSLS) and Chris Barrington-Leigh (UBC)
Chair: Ian Stewart (CSLS)
-Andrew Sharpe (CSLS), Ali Akbar Ghanghro (CSLS) and Anam Kidwai
(Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity) “Explaining in Happiness
in Canada: New Results from the 2007-2008 Canadian Community Health
Survey”
-Chris Barrington-Leigh (University of British Columbia) “Canadian Life
Satisfaction Over Time”
-Richard Florida (University of Toronto), Charlotta Mellander
(University of Toronto) and Kevin Stolarick (University of Toronto)
“Should I Stay or Should I Go Now: The Effects of Community
Satisfaction on the Decision to Stay or Move”
Discussant: John Helliwell (University of British Columbia)

Saturday, 11:00 – 12:30
PEF VI: Integrating Climate and Industrial Policies

Organizer: Marc Lee, CCPA
Chair: Marc Lee, CCPA
-Marc Lee, CCPA, “So What is a Green Job Anyway?”
-Ken Carlaw, UBC-Okanagan, “Industrial Policy Lessons for Climate
Mitigation Strategies”
-Erin Weir, Steelworkers, “The Case for Carbon Tariffs”
-Brendan Haley, “From Staples Trap to Carbon Trap”

Saturday, 12:30 – 14:30
PEF AGM (lunch provided)

Saturday, 14:30 – 16:00
PEF VII: TITLE: “Canadian Public Finances and Monetary Policy: Sound
Finance or Functional Finance”

Organizer: Mario Seccareccia (University of Ottawa)
Chair: Marc Lavoie (University of Ottawa)
-Andrew Jackson (Canadian Labour Congress, Ottawa), “Reflections on
Canadian Fiscal and Monetary Policy during the Great Recession”
-Keith Newman (Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada,
CEP, Ottawa) “Do Taxes and Bonds Pay for Government Expenditures?”
-Mario Seccareccia (University of Ottawa) “Is Functional Finance
‘Sound’ Long-Term Policy or Is There a Need for an ‘Exit Strategy’ to
Ensure Balanced Budgets?”

Saturday, 16:30 – 18:00
J.K. Galbraith Lecture, John Loxley

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