Queen's International Institute on Social Policy

Queen's International Institute on Social Policy
Queen's International Institute on Social Policy

2019 Queen's International Institute - INCLUSIVE PROSPERITY: RECOUPLING GROWTH, EQUITY AND SOCIAL INTEGRATION [Image] 

August 20 - 21, 2019

Kingston, ON

THEME

For decades, the trend line of economic progress, as measured by aggregate indicators such as GDP growth, has been positive across OECD countries. Most economies have recovered from the global financial crisis of 2008. When you look beyond the aggregates, however, a different picture emerges; the benefits of economic prosperity have not been equally distributed:  income levels and growth have become increasingly unequal; some sectors, occupations and regions have thrived while others have not; labour’s share of income has declined; and wealth has become highly concentrated at the top of the distribution.

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If anything, these trends will be amplified in the years ahead as technological change risks further polarizing labour markets, more low and middle income families struggle to make ends meet, and work becomes increasingly precarious for many. In sum, economic growth has become decoupled from broad-based societal benefits. Some people are being left behind. Others feel they can’t get ahead. Many feel the ‘system’ is not fair.  

Social integration is also at risk.  Economic pressures threaten to deepen fissures in the fabric of Canadian life, dividing the highly skilled and the less skilled, the young and the elderly, the native born and newcomers, people in different regions, rural and urban communities. If trust in each other and in governments is weakened, if levels of conflict grow, our ability to handle the technological and demographic challenges before us will be compromised.

For the first time in decades, many are turning their attention to finding pathways for more inclusive growth. Economic dogma and fixed pro-market prescriptions are being assailed from the ‘right’ and the ‘left” and by professional economists. But if traditional liberal economic policy frameworks have failed, what policy approaches will be more effective at advancing economic inclusion, opportunity and prosperity?

The 2019 Queen’s International Institute on Social Policy (QIISP) will explore this policy frontier. For decades, policymakers, whether focused on trade or infrastructure or innovation or housing or social programs, have used standard policy frameworks premised on trade-offs between efficiency and equity. The rationale for public policy has typically been predicated on narrow view of market failures, surgical interventions and after-the-fact consideration of distributional and adjustment issues. Now is the time to turn conventional thinking on its head – to look at how the rules of the market and the design of public policies can work better for everyone.

AGENDA

Tuesday August 20, 2019

Location St. Lawrence Ballroom - Residence Inn by Marriott, 2 Earl Street, Kingston
7:15 - 8:30  Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 Welcome and Introduction
8:45 - 10:15

SESSION 1
Trends in growth, equity and opportunity

Moderator:

  • Steven Davidson, Secretary of the Cabinet, Head of the Public Service and Clerk of the Executive Council, Province of Ontario

Speakers:

  • Brian Nolan, Professor of Social Policy, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, and Director of Employment, Equity and Growth in the Institute for New Economic Thinking, University of Oxford
  • Mike Veall, Professor of Economics and Academic Director, Statistics Canada Research Data Centre, McMaster University
10:15 - 10:45 BREAK
10:45 - 12:15 

SESSION 2
New approaches to achieving inclusive prosperity

Moderator:

  • TBA

Speakers:

  • Prakash Loungani, Assistant Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • Marco Mira d'Ercole, Head, Household Statistics and Progress Measurement Division, OECD
12:15 - 1:15 LUNCH
1:15 - 3:00
 

SESSION 3
Inclusive Innovation

Moderator:

  • John Knubley, Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Government of Canada (2012-2019)

Speakers: 

  • Wendy Cukier, Professor, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
  • Sarah Doyle, Director of Policy and Research, Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Caroline Paunov, Head of Secretariat for the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy, OECD
3:00 - 3:30 BREAK
3:30 - 5:00

SESSION 4
Work and Wages

Moderator:

  • TBA

Speakers:

  • David Green, Professor and  Director, Vancouver School of Economics, University of British Columbia
  • Laura Gardiner, Director of Research, Resolution Foundation, UK
5:00 - 6:15 Waterfront Reception

AGENDA

Wednesday August 21, 2019

Location St. Lawrence Ballroom - Residence Inn by Marriott, 2 Earl Street, Kingston
7:30 - 8:30  Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 10:15

SESSION 5
Social Protection: Leaving no one behind

Moderator:

  • Janet Menard, Deputy Minister, Children, Community and Social Services, and Deputy Minister Responsible for Women's Issues, Province of Ontario

Speakers:

  • Mark Stabile, Professor of Economics, Stone Chaired Professor in Wealth Inequality, Academic Director, James M.  and Cathleen D. Stone Centre for the Study of Wealth Inequality, INSEAD
  • Laura McDonough, Senior Manager for Research, Public Policy and Evaluation, United Way Greater Toronto
  • Robert Moffitt, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Economics, Johns Hopkins University; Member, National Academies of Sciences Consensus Report: A roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty
10:15 - 10:45 BREAK
10:45 - 12:15

SESSION 6
Immigration, social integration and inclusive growth

Moderator:

  • Patricia Walcott, General Manager, Employment and Social Services, City of Toronto

Speakers:

  • Anna Triandafyllidou, Professor and Director, Global Governance Program, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence; Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration, Ryerson University
  • Mireille Paquet, Associate Professor of Political Science, Research Chair on the New Politics of Immigration, Concordia University
12:15 - 1:15 LUNCH
1:15 - 3:00

SESSION 7
Citizens’ aspirations and anxieties and the politics of inclusive prosperity 

Moderator:

  • Graham Fox, President, Institute for Research on Public Policy

PART 1:  Trends in public attitudes/anxieties

Speaker:

  • Andrew Parkin, Executive Director, Environics Institute

PART 2: Panel discussion: the politics of inclusive prosperity

Speakers:

  • Heather Scoffield, Economic Columnist, Toronto Star
  • Gary Mason, National Affairs Columnist, The Globe and Mail
3:00 - 3:10
 
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