OEA/CABE Networking Event: Labour Risks in the Early 21st Century, with Georg Fischer

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Thursday 15 November 2018, 17:00 - 19:00


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This event will take place in the Gallery Room of the Lieutenant's Pump.


Ottawa Economics Association (OEA) and

Canadian Association for Business Economics (CABE)


Networking Event


How Should We Deal With Joblessness and Labour Risk in the Early 21st Century?




Georg Fischer

Senior Research Affiliate,

Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies


Take growing regional disparities; add increasingly precarious employment, especially for the young; stir in high levels of inequality and rising tensions about the future of work because of technological change; and you've got a perfect recipe for pressure to reform public policy. How should joblessness and labour market risks be dealt with in the early 21st century? Should reforms lean towards “big bang" approaches or "relentless incrementalism"?

Of course, Canada is not the only nation struggling with these issues. And on November 15th, we can learn how Europe is grappling with the future, in a context that is strikingly similar to Canada with its regional and political disparities, and growing concerns about competitiveness between and within states. 

It’s hard to imagine anyone better suited to this discussion than Georg Fischer, Director of Social Affairs at the European Commission until 2017. He joins us fresh from his trip to the Upjohn Institute as Visiting Scholar where he’s been preparing a paper comparing U.S. supports for low income workers (such as federal and state minimum wages or the Earned Income Tax Credit) to approaches at the EU level. His expertise and insights are guaranteed to stimulate your thoughts about how Canada could and should shape policies and outcomes for decades to come.   

The Ottawa Economics Association (OEA) in partnership with the Canadian Association for Business Economics (CABE) is pleased to create this unique opportunity for you. Starting with an interview of Georg Fischer by CABE President Armine Yalnizyan, join us in a lively Q&A session, followed by open networking.

Build your skills and professional networks while upping your game on a relevant and thorny topic.

This is a great opportunity to meet, greet and learn. Make an impression, and get ahead in your career.

Event Information

Date:               November 15, 2018

Time:               5:00pm-7:00pm

Location:        Lieutenant’s Pump (361 Elgin St, Ottawa), Gallery Room

Cost:               Members $10 / Non-members $20 (prices exclusive of HST; registration includes one drink)

                 Light refreshments will be served.


Please register through the OEA Store  by 5:00 pm on November 14, 2018. Must be 19 years or older to register. Space is limited and registration may close earlier should the event reach capacity. Preference will be given to members of the OEA or CABE until November 4, 2018. Memberships may be purchased online in advance of the event (see website for pricing).


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Georg Fischer is Senior Research Associate at the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies and the Austrian Institute for Economic Research, focusing on employment and social policies at the European level.

He retired from the European Commission in July 2017, where he was Director for Social Affairs in DG EMPL. In the Commission, he was responsible for the development of social policy initiatives related to the Pillar of Social Rights. He contributed to the establishment of the European Employment Strategy, worked on the Green and White Papers on Pensions, on policies to facilitate labour market transitions and more recently on policies to address social convergence and divergence.

Previously to his work with the European Commission he worked at the OECD and served in the Ministries of Finance and Labour in Austria and at the Economic Cooperation Foundation in Tel Aviv. He was a research fellow at the Social Science Center Berlin and at the Yale University Macmillan Center (EU Studies Fellow 2015/2016) where he focused on the U.S. UI system.

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