Our First Event

What are the  causes of the economic crisis and what lessons should we derive for policy and science? Why were mainstream economists not able to predict the meltdown? What are the limits and possibilities of the social sciences to shape societies?

These are some of the questions to be addressed at the first public session of Glendon’s new Centre for Global Challenges, taking place on March 24, 2010, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the BMO Conference Centre, Glendon Hall, on the Glendon campus.

Three distinguished economists will set out the key issues  and engage us in a discussion of the limits and possibilities of economics and implications for  public policy:

  • George Akerlof, Nobel Prize in Economics, Daniele E. Koshland Sr. Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Tim Besley, Kuwait Professor of Economics and Political Science at the London School of Economics, Director of STICERD
  • 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  Eugene Lang,  co-founder of Canada 2020 and vice-president of Bluesky Strategy Group.  The Centre will follow up with closed-door seminars of practitioners and scholars who will be able to  drive towards recommendations for action and research.

This panel will be of interest to policy makers, practitioners, media and researchers, as well as to the general public.  We have a unique and timely opportunity to engage with these leading thinkers, all of whom are committed to a conversation that is international, interdisciplinary and relevant to both their discipline and public policy.  They also all work with the Canadian Centre for Advanced Research (CIFAR) with whom we organized this session and I am proud to co-chair this session with Chaviva Hošek, the Director of CIFAR and Chair of our Advisory Committee.

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

Thanks to our partners including 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.

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