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Queen's University

A New Role for Labor in the Era of Financial Crises and Globalization 

November 3, 2008
Presentation [PDF 857KB]

Richard B. FreemanRichard B. Freeman, Harvard, NBER 

In his 2008 Don Wood Lecture address, Harvard University Professor Dr. Richard Freeman spoke about "meta-market coordination problems", the unravelling of the Washington Consensus, and the role unions have in addressing global problems. "How we resolve these problems will have more of an impact on workers than collective bargaining or normal labour policy."

Dr. Freeman holds the Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard. He is currently serving as Faculty Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at the Harvard Law School. He is also director of the Labor Studies Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Senior Research Fellow in Labour Markets at the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance, and visiting professor at the London School of Economics.

The Don Wood Lecture is a joint initiative of Queen's University IRC and the Master of Industrial Relations program. The Lectureship was established in 1987 to honour the late Dr. W. Donald Wood, Professor Emeritus, Queen's University and former director of the Industrial Relations Centre and School of Industrial Relations at Queen's. The purpose of the Lectureship is to bring to Queen's University distinguished individuals who have made an important contribution to industrial relations in Canada and in other countries. Such persons are either senior scholars from the academic world or public figures from business, trade unions, or government. 


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