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NERI Seminar: Can the Rehn-Meidner model be a guiding star for the EU countries like Ireland?

17 July 2013

Topic:  Can the Rehn-Meidner model be a guiding star for the EU countries like Ireland?

Speaker: Lennart Erixon, Stockholm University

Time: Tea and coffee from 3:50pm; seminar commences at 4pm

Abstract:

Can the Rehn-Meidner model be a guiding star for the EU countries like Ireland? The validity of a unique Swedish economic-policy programme for macroeconomic stability, growth and fairness.

The Rehn-Meidner model is a unique economic-policy programme developed by two Swedish trade-union economists in the early postwar period. The programme advocates active labour market policies, restrictive macroeconomic policy in the medium term and solidarity wages to combine full employment, price stability, growth and equity. The seminar surveys the Rehn-Meidner policy programme, the underpinning theory and the macroeconomic problems in Sweden leading to the development of the programme. It also describes the practice of the Rehn-Meidner model in Sweden. The 1960s and early 1970s were the heydays of the Rehn-Meidner policies. But active labour market policy in particular continued to be an important feature of “the Swedish model” regardless of the colour of the government. Finally the seminar discusses the relevance of the Rehn-Meidner policy model, for Sweden and other EU countries, today. We will pay a particular interest in comparing the Rehn-Meidner model with the so-called Danish flexicurity model.

More details, including a number of research papers from the seminar presenter, are available here: http://people.su.se/~erixo/

Keywords: Economic model, Sweden, Europe, Labour Markets

To register your interest in attending and for further details please e-mail info@nerinstitute.net

Venue

INTO Learning Centre, 38 Parnell Square, Dublin 1

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