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The road back towards full employment

Date: 23 May 2013
  • Full Employment Event
  • James Plunkett
  • Paul Gregg and James Plunkett
  • Heather Stewart and Paul Gregg
  • Heather Stewart
  • Paul Gregg
  • Wendy Carlin
  • Wendy Carlin
  • Jonathan Portes
  • Jonathan Portes
  • Jonathan Portes and Wendy Carlin
  • Heather Stewart and Paul Gregg
  • James Plunkett

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The UK labour market has performed relatively well in recent years given the weakness of GDP, with the number of people in work now back above its pre-recession peak. Yet job creation has lagged far behind population growth, leaving the UK far below its pre-recession employment rate. In the coming years, not least as the UK workforce continues to age, the road back towards full employment will not be easy or straightforward.

This event stepped back from debates about the immediate performance of the labour market to assess the UK's road back towards full employment. It presented new evidence on the scale of the task and brought together leading economists to debate what role government can play. 

Wendy Carlin, Professor of Economics, University College London (UCL) and Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
Paul Gregg, Professor of Economic and Social Policy, and Director of the Centre for Analysis and Social Policy at the University of Bath
James Plunkett, Director of Policy and Development, Resolution Foundation
Jonathan Portes, Director, National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)
Heather Stewart, Economics Editor, The Observer (Chair)

We live-tweeted this event at #fullemployment

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