Date: December 3, 2012
Venue: Paasitorni, Sirkussali, Helsinki
It is often argued that the era of full employment and Keynesian economic policy is over. Most orthodox economists claim that, in the long run, real full employment cannot be achieved with demand management policies. Active demand management is, thus, deemed to be too costly and inflationary.
Top Post-Keynesian economists James K. Galbraith and L. Randall Wray, however, argue that achieving full employment through demand management is still perfectly possible. They suggest that, in order to achieve full employment and carry out democratic economic policies, governments have to break out from the pressures of the private bond markets.
Come to hear Galbraith and Wray for the most important economic policy event of the year!
The event is free and open to everyone. We do ask participants to register in advance. The event will be streamed live at www.sorsafoundation.fi .
The event is organised by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies with the support of the Kalevi Sorsa Foundation and the Finnish Confederation on Trade Unions (SAK). The program and registration form is available at http://sorsafoundation.fi/2012/10/04/seminar-on-full-employment-policy/ .
The Return of Full Employment Policy
Ernst Stetter, Secretary General, FEPS
Mikko Majander, Director, Kalevi Sorsa Foundation
14.15–15.00 A Question of Institutions: Why In Spite of Reactionary Economic Ideas the US Still Survived the Great Financial Crisis, and Europe Did Not
James K. Galbraith, Professor, University of Austin Texas
15.00–15.45 Modern Money, Functional Finance, and Full Employment
L. Randall Wray, Professor, University of Missouri – Kansas City
16.15–18.00 Comments and Panel Discussion
Comments will be delivered by Olli Koski (Chief Economist, SAK), Jukka Pekkarinen (General Director, Economics Department at the Ministry of Finance) and Lena Sommestad (Professor of Economic History, MP in Sweden). They will join professors Galbraith and Wray in a panel discussion, which will be moderated by Dr. Ville-Pekka Sorsa(University of Helsinki).