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ESCB Labour Market Workshop on "What policies could help to tackle high unemployment in euro area countries?"

Frankfurt am Main - Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Tuesday, 17 December 2013
8.30 a.m. Registration
9.00 a.m. Opening remarks
Thomas Westermann (European Central Bank)
  Session 1
Chair: Thomas Westermann (European Central Bank)
9.10 a.m. Italy: A Dual Labour Market in Transition
Pietro Garibaldi (Università di Torino)

Discussant: Alfonso Rosolia (Banca d'Italia)
10.00 a.m. Taking stock of structural reforms so far
Alessandro Turrini (European Commission)
10.30 a.m. Coffee break
10.50 a.m. Impact of the Crisis on the Spanish Labour Market
Marcel Jansen (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

Discussant: Mario Izquierdo (Banco de España)
11.40 a.m. What policies could help to tackle high unemployment in euro area countries?
Alexander Hijzen (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
12.10 p.m. Buffet lunch
  Session 2
Chair: Robert Anderton (European Central Bank)
1.30 p.m. Labour Market Reforms in Portugal 2011-13: An Insider Perspective
Pedro S. Martins (University of London)

Discussant: Álvaro A. Novo (Banco de Portugal)
2.20 p.m. Youth Unemployment in Old Europe: The Polar Cases of France and Germany
Stéphane Carcillo (OECD, Sciences Po (Paris) and IZA)

Discussant: Charlotte Margarete Möser (European Central Bank)
3.10 p.m. Coffee break
3.20 p.m. Labour Market Policies and IMF Advice in Advanced Economies during the Great Recession
Florence Jaumotte (International Monetary Fund)
3.50 p.m. Labour Market Reforms From a Euro Area Perspective
Robert Anderton (European Central Bank)
4.20 p.m. Concluding remarks
4.30 p.m. End of workshop
Workshop date Tuesday, 17 December 2013
Workshop venue European Central Bank
Eurotheum – conference room CP11
Neue Mainzer Strasse 32-36
60311 Frankfurt am Main
Tel.: +49 (0) 69 1344 0
Fax: +49 (0) 69 1344 6000
E-mail: E-mail: info@ecb.europa.eu
Workshop language English
Transfers Participants are requested to arrange their own transfer from and to the airport, unless indicated otherwise
Organizers Robert Anderton
Thomas Westermann
Ted Aranki
Béla Szörfi

Nicola Bowen
Euro Area Macroeconomic Developments Division
E-mail: nicola.bowen@ecb.europa.eu

Jeanette Cramer
Euro Area Macroeconomic Developments Division
E-mail: jeanette.cramer@ecb.europa.eu

Jutta Auth
Directorate General Communications & Language Services
Publishing, Events & Protocol Division PEP/EVP
E-mail: evp-events@ecb.europa.eu

Programme Please note that this programme may be subject to change without notice.
Website http://www.ecb.europa.eu

Workshop information

Unemployment in the euro area has increased significantly and is particularly high among the younger parts of the workforce. Moreover, the picture for the euro area aggregate hides important cross-country heterogeneity, with unemployment in some countries greatly exceeding the euro area average, while in other countries unemployment has actually fallen. The high level of unemployment is a matter of growing concern and a challenge for policy-makers because of its social and economic costs.

Against this background, the 2013 ESCB Labour Market workshop will focus on ways to tackle high unemployment, as well as evaluating policy measures and reforms already taken in some countries and providing input into the design of appropriate policy measures and reforms going forward.