PEF at the CEA 2007

The Canadian Economics Association annual conference is just ten days away. Writers are furiously writing up their papers for presentation (or like me, are procrastinating until the pressure builds); discussants are plotting clever things to say in response to those papers; and others are just figuring out where they will be sleeping in Halifax.

As in the past, the Progressive Economics Forum will be part of the action (if you can call it that), presenting a record six panels at this year’s conference. A list of those panels and their time slots follows. The full conference program, including links to abstracts, can be seen here. I would also like to thank the CEA on behalf of the PEF for providing us with a grant in support of this year’s sessions.

Besides the panels, the PEF has been beavering away on the inaugural John Kenneth Galbraith Lecture, to be delivered by James Galbraith:

Title: The Abiding Economics of John Kenneth Galbraith

Sunday, June 3, 2007

McCain Building, Room 2017, Dalhousie University (note that this is a different room than originally posted)

Lecture: 10:30 am, Reception: 12 noon

Please join us for the lecture and/or the panels, if you are in Halifax. Special thanks are due to David Pringle, who was our lead organizer for this year’s PEF activities. Finally, the PEF Annual General Meeting will be held Saturday, June 2, 12 – 14, Dalhousie Student Union Building, room 224/226.

PEF Panels

Fri 08:30 – 10:00
PEF I: Taxation and Social Democracy
Taxation et social-démocratie

Organizer/Chair Erin Weir (Canadian Labour Congress)

Competitiveness and Corporate Taxes: A Reappraisal, Erin Weir (Canadian Labour Congress)
Taxation and Social Democracy, Andrew Jackson (Canadian Labour Congress)
Some Implications of Tax Forgiveness on Rollover for Rental Housing, Marion Steele (University of Guelph)
Doing it by the (Text)Book: The Nordic Approach to Financing the Welfare State, Stephen Gordon (Université Laval)

Discussant Marc Lee (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Fri 10:30 – 12:00
PEF II: Prospects for the Atlantic Regional Economy
Perspectives d’avenir pour l’économie de la région de l’Atlantique

Organizer/Chair David Pringle (Statistics Canada)

Michael Bradfield (Dalhousie Universtiy)
David Chaundy (Atlantic Provinces Economic Council)
Douglas May (Memorial University)
Rob Moir (University of New Brunswick, Saint John)

Sat 10:30 – 12:00
PEF III: Topics in Emerging Markets
Sujets liés aux marchés émergents

Organizer/Chair Mathieu Dufour (University of Massachusetts – Amherst)

International Financial Crises: Scourge or Blessings in Disguise?, Mathieu Dufour (University of Massachusetts – Amherst) and Ôzgûr Orhangazi (Roosevelt University)
Agrarian Distress, Rural-Urban Migration and Urbanization in Developing Countries: Evidence from India, Sripad Motiram (Dalhousie University) and Vamsi Vakulabharanam (Queens College, City Univ. of New York)
Investment under Liberalization – Channels of Uncertainty and Liquidity, Armagan Gezici (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
The Determinants and Implications of Financial Asset Holdings of Non-Financial Firms in Turkey: An Empirical Investigation, Cihan Yalcin (The Central Bank Of Turkey), Cafer Kaplan (Central Bank of Turkey) and Erdal Özmen (Middle East Technical University )

Mathieu Dufour (University of Massachusetts – Amherst)
Talan Iscan (Dalhousie University)
Sripad Motiram (Dalhousie University)
Cihan Yalcin (The Central Bank Of Turkey)

Sat 14:00 – 15:30
PEF IV: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Economic Issues
Approches interdisciplinaires aux enjeux économiques

Organizer/Chair John Smithin (York University)

Economic and Sociological Theories of Money, Heiner Ganssmann (Free University of Berlin)
Confronting Uncertainty: The Fragility of Financial Institutions in Structuring Social Interaction, Brenda Spotton Visano (York University) and Gervan Fearon (York University)
Economics and Politics, John Smithin (York University)
Alternative Approaches to the Affordability of Low-Income Housing,
Nick Falvo (York University)

Sat 16:00 – 17:30
PEF V: The State and Economy
L’État et l’économie

Organizer Fletcher Baragar (University of Manitoba)
Chair Brian Maclean (Laurentian University)

Economically Targetted Investments, Union Pension Funds, and Public-Private Partnerships in Canada, John Loxley (University of Manitoba)
TILMA: A Case of Investor Rights, Marc Lee (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
Effects of Globalisation on Social Public Expenditures and Tax Revenues in OECD Countries, Jesse Hajer (University of Manitoba)
An Invasive Stage of Capitalism?, Fletcher Baragar (University of Manitoba) and Robert Chernomas (University of Manitoba)

Sun 08:30 – 10:00
PEF VI: Inequality

Organizer Ellen Russell (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
Chair Marc Lee (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Ellen Russell (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) and Mathieu Dufour (University of Massachusetts – Amherst)
James Galbraith (University of Texas at Austin)
Armine Yalnizyan (Community Social Planning Council of Toronto)


  • Last year’s CEA meetings inaugurated an extremely well-attended blue-chip panel on Canadian economic policy, featuring representatives of the IMF, Finance Canada, the Bank of Canada and the C. D. Howe Institute. Since this mix of participants did not generate much debate, I suggested adding the Canadian Labour Congress. This year, Andrew Jackson replaces Finance Canada on the panel, entitled “Canada in the North American Economy.” Unfortunately and unavoidably (given Galbraith’s schedule), this panel conflicts with the PEF session on inequality at 8:30am on Sunday.

  • For those interested in public policy, the Canadian Public Economics Group holds its annual conference on May 31, the day before the Canadian Economics Association conference begins:

    This event is always poorly publicized.

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