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After the Meltdown: The Limits and Possibilities of Economics - The Inaugural Conference of Glendon’s New Centre for Global Challenges

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What are the actual causes and consequences of the economic crisis? Why were economists not able to predict this catastrophe? What are the limits and possibilities of the social sciences to shape societies?

Three distinguished economists will join us to share their thoughts and suggest alternatives to public policies currently in place:

Right: George Akerlof, Nobel Prize in Economics, Daniele E. Koshland Sr. Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley

These are some of the questions that will be addressed at the inaugural conference of Glendon’s Centre for Global Challenges, a new bilingual think-tank on some of Canada’s and the world’s most urgent challenges. The conference, After the Meltdown: The Limits and Possibilities of Economics, will take place on March 24, from 2 to 5pm in the BMO Conference Centre, Glendon Hall, Glendon campus.

Left: Tim Besley, Kuwait Professor of Economics and Political Science at the London School of Economics, Director of STICERD

Three eonomists will share their thoughts and suggest alternatives to public policies currently in place. They are George Akerlof, the winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics, and the Daniele E. Koshland Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley; Tim Besley, a Kuwait professor of economics and political science at the London School of Economics and director of the Suntory & Toyota International Centres for Economics & Related Disciplines; and Pierre Fortin, an economics professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal and past president of the Canadian Economists Association.

Right: Pierre Fortin, Professor of Economics at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Past president of the Canadian Economists Association

The discussions will be moderated by consultant and policy advisor Eugene Lang, who is also the co-founder of Canada 2020 and vice-president of Bluesky Strategy Group.

This conference will be of interest to seasoned economists, as well as to all members of the Glendon community and the general public. Professors, students, public officials, business executives, activists and engaged citizens will each find much to reflect upon at this event.

Admission is free, but seats are limited. Please reserve your place soon at: globalchallenges@glendon.yorku.ca

This inaugural conference is organized by the Centre for Global Challenges in partnership with the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), Canada 2020, the Hennick Centre for Business and Law, The Mark News and Global Brief.


Published on February 11, 2010