The Way Forward - Austerity or Stimulus? (CofFEE Conference 20)

Venue: University of Newcastle

Location: Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Event Date/Time: Dec 07, 2011 End Date/Time: Dec 08, 2011
Registration Date: Dec 01, 2011
Early Registration Date: Oct 31, 2011
Abstract Submission Date: Jul 11, 2011
Paper Submission Date: Sep 26, 2011
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The Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE) will hold its’ annual conference on:
Wednesday 7th to Thursday 8th December 2011. This will be the 13th Path to Full Employment and 18th National Unemployment.

The global economy is still stuck in the aftermath of the worst economic crisis in 80 years and the legacy has been tens of millions unemployed, a large proportion of productive capacity lying idle, and vast quantities of output and income foregone and lost forever.

The political landscape seems divorced from this reality and instead of creating jobs, governments are seeking ways to impose fiscal austerity to reduce their budget deficits at a time when private spending is still mostly weak.

The Conference will seek to explore the apparent contradictions of the policy stances that are now emerging amidst the global unemployment crisis.

Papers in any area of labour market analysis will be of interest, particularly in the following research and policy areas:
*Reflections on the global financial crisis? Fiscal austerity, reform agendas etc.
*Any research on unemployment - its dimensions, causes, cures.
*The labour market and the ageing debate.
*The policy challenge of emerging skill shortages and underutilisation - how do we design effective solutions to both?
*The increasing problem of underemployment and marginal workers.
*Why has work become more precarious? Is it a
problem? What are the solutions?
*What is full employment? How is it defined and
measured? How close are we to achieving full
employment? What are the challenges that remain?
*Employment guarantees versus income guarantees - pros and cons.
*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.

Contributions can be made to both the Refereed (peer reviewed) or Non - Refereed streams.

Refereed papers will be included in a printed volume of conference proceedings (which will constitute a referred conference paper under Australian government rules).

The deadline for both types of abstracts is:
Monday 11th July 2011 5pm.

Those interested are asked to visit our website:
for the formatting requirements needed for the
submission of papers as well as paper deadlines.

Please submit your abstract to the CofFEE office:


Additional Information

Registration will open later in 2011. Please visit our website: to register online.