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Dartmouth economics professor’s address on rising unemployment will keynote OECD policy forum in Paris

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 09/25/09 • Media Contact: Latarsha Gatlin (603) 646-3661

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Anne R. Kapuscinski
Dartmouth economics professor David Blanchflower (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Dartmouth’s David G. Blanchflower, the Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Economics, will give the keynote address on “What to do about rising unemployment in OECD countries” to a policy forum of employment and labor ministers from more than 30 countries at a meeting in Paris on Monday.

Blanchflower, a labor economist who recently completed a three-year term as a member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (which sets interest rates for the United Kingdom), will discuss how a range of countries have been hit by the worldwide recession. He will focus on the need to tackle rising levels of youth unemployment.

His address is part of the Sept. 28-29 Employment and Labour Ministerial Meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), which will examine what governments can do to prevent the employment crisis from becoming a social crisis and how to protect the global economy’s most vulnerable workers and families — including young people, the low-skilled, immigrants and low-income households — from continuing to be hardest hit by the recession.

Blanchflower will address a policy forum of employment ministers from across the OECD’s 30 member countries plus Chile, Estonia, Israel, Russia, Slovenia, Brazil, India and South Africa. Details of the meetings are available at

The OECD brings together the governments of countries committed to democracy and the market economy from around the world to support sustainable economic growth, boost employment, raise living standards, maintain financial stability, assist other countries' economic development and contribute to growth in world trade.

The group provides a setting where governments can compare policy experiences, seek answers to common problems, identify good practice and coordinate domestic and international policies.

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