The Challenge to Restore Full Employment Conference (CofFEE Conference 20)

Venue: TBA

Location: NEWCASTLE, NSW, Australia

Event Date/Time: Dec 06, 2007 End Date/Time: Dec 07, 2007
Abstract Submission Date: Aug 31, 2007
Paper Submission Date: Sep 28, 2007
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The 2-day program will cover the following themes and papers are invited that address them:

* What is full employment? How is it defined and measured? How close are we to achieving full employment? What are the challenges that remain?
* The increasing problem of underemployment and marginal workers.
* The increased precariousness of work.
* Has Work Choices worked? - wages, productivity, participation and job security.
* The skills shortage debate - what is the extent of the problem and what are the solutions? Who should be responsible for the introduction of a national skills development framework and how should it be designed?
* Employment guarantees - why are several countries now turning to Job Guarantee-type policies to combat poverty and unemployment? What are the lessons for Australia?
* The future of work including issues regarding sustainability and job design.
* Why do disparities in regional labour markets persist? What is the extent of the problem and its solutions? Spatial patterns of work and housing.
* Long term, youth, disabled and indigenous unemployment
* Welfare to work issues;

Special workshops:

There will be four special workshops and researchers and policy makers are invited to submit papers and/or proposals if they wish to present at these workshops.

* Workshop 1: Creating effective employment solutions for Australian regions.
* Workshop 2: Enhancing employment opportunities for the mentally disabled.
* Workshop 3: A just transition from coal dependency to a clean energy.
* Workshop 4: Social networks and their role in local labour market outcomes



Additional Information

Call for papers is now open for both refereed and non-refereed streams. Registration will open in June 2007.