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Concurrent session

Retooling Labour Markets


November 20, 2016 at 10:30am - 11:45am


Engineering Teaching & Learning Complex (ETLC), University of Alberta
with Trevor Harrison and Richard Mueller

Recurring recessions, unemployment and slow economic recovery. How does Alberta’s current economic outlook compare to recent history, and what comes next in its economic fortunes?

Causes of unemployment

Unemployment rates in Alberta, Canada, and the world have risen, the result of important changes in the labour market and economy broadly. This presentation looks at the wider problem from an historical and political-economy perspective, while also examining solutions.

Dr. Trevor Harrison is Director of Parkland Institute. He is a Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Lethbridge, and Associate Director and Research Affiliate of the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy.

The new Alberta economy: looking forward through the rear view mirror

Alberta is currently experiencing the fourth economic recession since 1980. Each downturn has been coupled with a widespread malaise that it is the worst economy that the province has ever seen, that this time things are different, and that the recovery will never occur. This presentation will compare current economic indicators with those from past recessions and provide evidence for a more positive economic future in Alberta. By looking at the past, we are able to be more optimistic about the future.

Richard Mueller is professor and chair in the department of economics and a research affiliate at the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy, both at the University of Lethbridge. He is also associate director of the Education Policy Research Initiative (EPRI) at the University of Ottawa. He was seconded to Statistics Canada in Ottawa from 2009 to 2011. His main research interest over the past dozen years has been related to the various determinants of access to post-secondary education in Canada. He holds a BA (Hons) and a MA from the University of Calgary and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.