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Conference on Financial Institutions and Economic Security

21 May 2009
Regent's Park Conference Centre, London, UK

The purpose of the Financial Institutions and Economic Security project is to delve into the role of financial institutions in supporting or undermining economic security in the advanced nations of the West, and the implications for industrial innovation and economic performance.

At the conference to be held in London on 21-22 May, 2009, we will consider the influence of financial institutions on employment security, retirement security, and housing security, as well as the interrelations among these forms of economic security in North America and Europe. Besides creating a forum for debating these issues, we expect that the conference will generate a published volume as well as an agenda and working group for further research.

Conference organisers

William Lazonick, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Mariana Mazzucato, The Open University

Conference programme

Thursday, 21 May 2009

09:00 Registration and coffee
09:30 Welcome – Mariana Mazzucato (IKD Director and FINNOV FP7 Project Coordinator)
Introductory Remarks – William Lazonick (Conference Organiser)

Session One

Employment security and the stock market
Chair: Keith Smith, Imperial College, London and Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills, London

Discussant: Janet Williamson, Trades Union Congress

12:00 Lunch

Session Two

Retirement security and pensions
Chair: Beth Almeida, National Institute on Retirement Security

Discussant: Bryn Davies, Union Pension Services Limited

15:00 Coffee Break

Session Three

Housing security and mortgages
Chair: Alan Shipman, The Open University

Discussant: Howard Gannaway, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education

Friday, 22 May 2009

09:00 Coffee

Session Four

Summary of Thursday's sessions
William Lazonick


Session Five

Financial institutions for economic security
Roundtable discussion
Moderator: Brian Groom, The Financial Times

12:00-13:00 Lunch

PDFDownload the conference programme (PDF document, 803 KB)

Conference sponsors

The conference is sponsored by the Open University's Centre for Innovation, Knowledge and Development (IKD) and FINNOV, an EC FP7 project coordinated by IKD.

The 3 year project FINNOV: Finance, Innovation & Growth is funded under the FP7 theme: The role of finance in growth employment and competitiveness in Europe (SSH-2007-1.2.3). FINNOV is made up of 7 work packages, each led by one of the 7 participating universities in 4 European countries:

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