Conference: Employment Guarantee Policies
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PROGRAM
Sunday, June 21
7:00 p.m.
INAUGURAL DINNER AND REGISTRATION
Monday, June 22
8:00 a.m.
REGISTRATION
8:15–9:00 a.m.
WELCOME
Dimitri B. Papadimitriou, The Levy Economics Institute
Rebeca Grynspan, United Nations Development Programme
Selim Jahan, United Nations Development Programme
INTRODUCTION TO THE THEMES OF THE CONFERENCE
Rania Antonopoulos, The Levy Economics Institute
PowerPoint
9:00–10:30 a.m.
SPEAKERS
“Global Crisis and the Imperative for Job Creation: A Development Perspective”
Jan Kregel, The Levy Economics Institute
PowerPoint

During and After the Crisis: Why Is an Employer of Last Resort Policy Needed?”
Dimitri B. Papadimitriou
, The Levy Economics Institute
PowerPoint
10:30–10:45 a.m.
TEA/COFFEE BREAK
10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
SESSION 1—COUNTRY EXPERIENCES: INDIA, SOUTH AFRICA, AND ARGENTINA
Moderator: Luis Felipe López-Calva, United Nations Development Programme

“India: National Rural Employment Guarantee Act”
Santosh Mehrotra, Rural Development, Planning Commission, Government of India
PowerPoint

“South Africa: Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)”
Maikel Lieuw-Kie-Song, EPWP, Department of Public Works (former director)
PowerPoint

“Argentina: Jefes y Jefas de Hogar
Daniel Kostzer, United Nations Development Programme
PowerPoint
12:45–2:00 p.m.
LUNCH
2:00–4:00 p.m.
SESSION 2—FUNDING EMPLOYMENT GUARANTEE PROGRAMS
Moderator: Steven Miller, Founding member, Economists for Full Employment

“Policy Space, Fiscal Space, and Financing for NREGA”
Pinaki Chakraborty, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, India
PowerPoint

“Currency Regimes, Inflationary Pressures, and Fiscal Space Constraints”
Jan Kregel, The Levy Economics Institute
PowerPoint
4:00–5:15 p.m.
SESSION 3—SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC INCLUSION OUTCOMES
Moderator: Ajit Zacharias, The Levy Economics Institute

“Urban Renewal and Youth Unemployment”
Steven Miller, Founding member, Economists for Full Employment
PowerPoint

“Promoting Gender Equality: Home-based Care and Early Childhood Development; Scaling Up Social Sector Job Creation for the Case of South Africa”
Rania Antonopoulos, The Levy Economics Institute
PowerPoint

“Community Development and ELR: A Gender Perspective on Jefes y Jefas”
Martha Tepepa, Centro de Estudios Urbanos y Ambientales, El Colegio de Mexico
PowerPoint
5:15–5:30 p.m.
TEA/COFFEE BREAK
5:30–7:30 p.m.
SESSION 4—RESPONDING TO JOBLESSNESS: POLICY CONTEXTS AND THE ROLE OF THE UNDP AND OTHER DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTIONS
Moderator: Jan Kregel, The Levy Economics Institute

“Colombia’s Displaced Population”
Cecilia López, Senator, Congress of Colombia
PowerPoint

“ELR: The Case of Pakistan”
 William Mitchell, Center for Full Employment and Equity, Australia

Addressing Joblessness in Brazil”
José Carlos de Assis
, National Development Bank of Brazil
PowerPoint

7:30 p.m.
DINNER
  SPEAKER
“Making Infrastructure Generate Employment for the MDGs”
Selim Jahan, United Nations Development Programme

Tuesday, June 23
  The dialogue sessions are intended to promote the exchange of views among all participants. During these sessions panelists are allocated 10 minutes each, followed by audience comments, questions, and general discussion.
8:45–10:00 a.m.
DIALOGUE (1)—POLICY CHOICES AND CHALLENGES IN INTRODUCING EGP, ELR
Scope and Scale: “Universal” (demand-driven) or “targeted”

Institutional Arrangements: Level of centralization, getting “incentives” right, wage setting

Identifying and Managing Job Creation’s Indirect Policy Objectives: Community development, social inclusion, skill creation, poverty reduction, MDGs

Radhika Lal, Rania Antonopoulos, Santosh Mehrotra
10:00–10:15 a.m.   
TEA/COFFEE BREAK
10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
DIALOGUE (2)—POLICY OPTIONS AND CHALLENGES IN INTRODUCING EGP, ELR
Funding: Costing and sources of financing, impact on internal/external balances

Inflation: Acceptable range and micro-macroeconomic impacts

Jan Kregel, Daniel Kostzer, Pinaki Chakraborty, William Mitchell
12:15–1:30 p.m. LUNCH
1:30–3:30 p.m.
SESSION 5—SCALING UP WHAT HAS WORKED, EXPERIMENTING WITH NEW IDEAS
Moderator: Dimitri Papadimitriou, The Levy Economics Institute

“ILO’s Employment-intensive Infrastructure Programs”
Marc Van Imschoot
, International Labour Organization
PowerPoint

“The Family-weekend Program”
Kate Philip, Office of the Presidency, South Africa
PowerPoint

2:30–3:30 p.m.
SPEAKER
“The Global Jobs Pact: A Brief Report”
Stephen Pursey, International Labour Organization
PowerPoint
3:30–3:45 p.m.
TEA/COFFEE BREAK
3:45–5:45 p.m.
SESSION 6—QUANTITATIVE–QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS
Moderator: Rania Antonopoulos, The Levy Economics Institute

“Distributional Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act”
Ajit Zacharias
, The Levy Economics Institute
PowerPoint

“Mexico’s Programa de Empleo Temporal: Evaluation and Agenda for Reform”
John Scott
, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico
PowerPoint

“Micro-macro Simulation Analysis for the Case of South Africa”
Kijong Kim
, The Levy Economics Institute
PowerPoint

5:45–6:45 p.m.
ROUNDTABLE ON NEXT STEPS
The role of the United Nations Development Programme, International Labour Organization, and other U.N. System partners; strengthening capacities, engaging in policy research, and consolidating the Economists for Full Employment global network

Stephen Pursey, Steven Miller, Luis Felipe López-Calva, Rania Antonopoulos
6:45 p.m.
DINNER