UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Rethinking employment: The case for a job guarantee

The COVID-19 pandemic has created job losses and employment-preserving interventions by governments on a scale not seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s.  But even before the pandemic, the consensus that a level of unemployment was a necessary evil in order to prevent inflation was being challenged. In this event, we will debate the idea of a public job guarantee scheme and consider how it could help us recover from the pandemic and support a Green New Deal. We’re joined by three international experts on these topics from the U.S., Britain and France.

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About the speakers

Aurore Lalucq

Aurore Lalucq is a French economist and politician who was elected to the European Parliament in 2019. She has been a strong voice for a European Green New Deal agenda and for the adoption of new wealth indicators which factor in social and environmental concerns.

Robert Skidelsky

Robert Skidelsky is one of Britain’s foremost economic historians and a key voice in contemporary economic and political debates. His special expertise is in the historic role of fiscal policy in advanced economies and the rise, fall and return of Keynesian economics.

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This event is in association with The European Commission project BEYOND4.0 — Horizon 2020 (No 822296)