Event:New Directions in Welfare

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Event:New Directions in Welfare
Country France
City Paris
Date 06/07/2011
Summary The New Directions in Welfare 2011 Congress will be held at the OECD Conference Center between the 6th and 8th of July 2011.

The second OECD Universities' Joint Congress on ‘New Directions in Welfare’ will be held at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris, France from 6 to 8 July, 2011.


This conference is jointly organised by the OECD, The Open University, Oxford University and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and is addressed to economists, statisticians and policy-analysts. It builds on the event held last year at Oxford University and sponsored by the UK’s Government Economics Service to celebrate Amartya Sen’s 75th anniversary and his contributions to welfare economics.

The range of papers and topics will follow a similar pattern to the Oxford Conference which was attended by over 130 economists and generated a special issue of the Journal of Public Economics in honor of Professor Amartya Sen. The event will welcome contributions from theorists and empiricists alike who are interested in broadening our understanding of the economics of welfare which continues to flourish. Following work by Sen, Stiglitz and others that has helped to bring about the Sarkozy Report, the EU’s Beyond GDP memorandum and a number of other initiatives, the congress particularly welcomes papers relating to the theoretical or empirical economics of Health, Development, Social Policy, Environment, Labour, Education, Childhood, Aging, Migration, Culture, Happiness, Equality and Equity, Behavioural Economics and Life course issues – any area of economics, in fact, closely interested in understanding the economics of human welfare. Previously nearly a third of papers came from the following areas where there will again be strands: Social Choice, Utility Theory, Experimental Economics and Philosophical Foundations of Economic Theory.

This year’s conference will be opened by the OECD Secretary-General and will feature a policy-focused day comprising several roundtables, followed by two days of empirical and theoretical research presented by some 100 economic researchers from Europe and beyond. The first day will include presentations by OECD colleagues, the World Bank, EBRD, WHO and the EU on topics such as:

  • Broadening the Measurement of Economic Progress
  • Opportunities for Improving Health and Health Services
  • MDGs: Achievements and Challenges in Development.

The overall focus will be on areas of economic analysis relating to national and international social and public policy agendas.

Speakers and organisers

Featured Speakers, Discussants and Chairs *

  • Lisa Åber, McKinsey
  • François Bourginon, Paris School of Economics
  • Albert Braakmann, German Federal State Office
  • Marco Caliendo, Director of Research IZA, Germany
  • Tineke de Jonge, Netherlands Statistical Office
  • Rose Anne Devlin, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Jean-Luc Dubois, Institute of Research for Development, France
  • Martine Durand, Chief Statistician, OECD
  • David Evans, World Health Organisation, Switzerland
  • Graham Hunter, Open University, UK
  • Isabelle Joumard, Department of Economics, OECD
  • Johannes Jutting, OECD Development Centre
  • Stephan Klasen, University of Goettingen, Germany
  • Patricio Marquez, World Bank, USA
  • Antonio Andrea Monari, Asian Development Bank
  • Wim Naude, UN Wider, Finland
  • Ellen Nolte, RAND
  • Lise Rochaix, Haute Autorité de Santé, France
  • Hannah Ryder, DFID, UK
  • Peter Sanfey, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Franco Sassi, OECD
  • Aileen Simkins, Office of National Statistics, UK
  • Judit Simon, Oxford University, UK
  • Sarah Stewart Brown, Warwick University, UK
  • Oliver Zwirner, Directorate-General Environment, European Commission
    *All subject to change at organisers' discretion.

Congress Organisers

  • Paul Anand, Open University and Oxford University, UK
  • Paul Dolan, London School of Economics, UK
  • Marc Fleurbaey, University Paris Descartes, France
  • Marco Mira, OECD
  • Eugenio Peluso, Università degli Studi di Verona, Italy
  • Clemens Puppe, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Xavi Ramos, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • Erik Schokkaert, Leuven and CORE, Belgium
  • Claudia Senik, Paris School of Economics, France

Event Programme

For a full detailed programme of the daily schedule, please click here

Abstracts are available here.

Wikiprogress Interviews

• Albert Braakmann, German Statistical Office

• François Bourguignon, Paris School of Economics

• Martine Durand, Chief Statistician, OECD

• Johannes Jütting, OECD Development Centre

• Stephan Klasen, University of Göttingen

• Marco Mira d’Ercole, OECD

• Mariano Rojas, FLASCO-México and UPAEP

See also

External links

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