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  Bignami Lecture

We are pleased to invite you to the 8th Bignami Lecture, at IMD.

Topic: The postindustrial employment problem

Professor: Giuliano Bonoli, IDEHAP 

When: Tuesday, February 12th, 2013, from 18:30 to 21:00


18h30 - 19h00: 
Registration at IMD
19h00 - 19h05:  Welcome and introduction: IMD (Jim Pulcrano) and IDHEAP (Martial Pasquier)
19h05 - 20h15:  The postindustrial employment problem and active labour market policy in Europe by Prof. Giuliano Bonoli, IDHEAP
20h15 - 20h30:  Q&A
20h30 - 21h00:  Cocktail


Chemin de Bellerive 34, Maersk Mc-Kinney Möller
1001 Lausanne

Employment problems change over time. In the aftermath of the oil shocks of the 1970s, unemployment concerned mostly industrial workers who were laid off by restructuring industries. Since the mid-1990s, however, industrial restructuring is less of an issue for Europe. The key problem is a durable imbalance between supply and demand in the low-skill segment of the labour market. There are various reasons for this imbalance, but the fact of the matter is that low-skill people today must confront an increased penalty, that takes the shape of a higher risk of unemployment and labour market exclusion, or, when in a job, of low earnings and insecurity.

The main policy response has taken the shape of active labour market policy, a notion that encompasses a broad range of diverse interventions including vocational training, job subsidies, help in job search, work experience programmes, and sanctions. The objective of this lecture is to assess the adequacy and the potential of active labour market policies in dealing with the European employment problem. It argues that active labour market policies must continue to innovate and improve as the results obtained so far do not seem up to the challenge.

Please register on the link above for the Bignami Lecture on Tuesday evening, February 12, 2013, at IMD.

There is no fee to attend. Please note that the lecture will be held in English but the Q&A session that will follow the lecture can be held in English and in French.

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