SPERI joins the debate at the OECD Forum in Paris

SPERI researchers attended the OECD Forum in Paris on Tuesday 5th June to debate and discuss our work on inclusive growth.

The OECD Forum is a major international conference held in Paris each year at the OECD’s headquarters. Representatives from government, business, civil society and academia from across the OECD’s 35 member countries and around the world come together to debate the most pressing global social, political and economic issues.

Colin HaySPERI Co-Director Colin Hay was one of 8 panellists in a main plenary session at the Forum that discussed inclusive growth and globalisation.

Watch the video of the discussion at http://ocde.streamakaci.com/062017/ (It runs between 16.45 and 18.15).

The session was chaired by Thomas Bernt Henriksen, Swedish economics editor and commentator, and alongside Colin the panel included:

  • Gabriela Ramos, Chief of Staff, G20 Sherpa & Special Counsellor to the Secretary-General
  • Tim Costello, Chief Advocate, World Vision Australia
  • Hans Dahlgren, State Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister Sweden
  • Lizette Risgaard, President, Danish Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC)
  • Alfredo Thorne Vetter, Minister of Economy and Finance, Peru
  • Rodrigo Valdés, Minister of Finance, Ministry of Finance, Chile

Inclusive growth is high on the agenda of the OECD and was a major theme at the Forum. Each panellist gave their perspective on inclusive growth stressing the importance of defining precisely what we mean by inclusive growth. The discussion covered issues such as the importance for the public and private sector to work together, whether the GINI coefficient is a useful metric to measure inclusive growth and how to redistribute wealth more equitably.

Read Colin Hay’s recent SPERI blog on why inclusive growth is the challenge of our time.

Craig Berry, SPERI’s Deputy Director, and Tom Hunt, SPERI’s Policy Research Officer, also attended the Forum. At the Forum Colin, Craig and Tom met with the teams in charge of the OECD’s work on inclusive growth and the New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) initiative. They discussed future research collaboration between SPERI and OECD on inclusive growth and further collaboration between the OECD, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Inclusive Growth and SPERI. SPERI is the research partner of the APPG on Inclusive Growth. Read the APPG-SPERI publication ‘The state of the debate’ here.