The Henry George School of Social Science will be holding a 3-day online conference on January 10, 11 & 12; on the theme “Rebuilding the Economy after the Pandemic — Challenges and Avenues of Reform”. Participants will document and discuss some of the economic and social problems that were exposed in broad daylight by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our speakers, who are of various disciplinary backgrounds, will highlight many blind spots in economic theory and policy. They will also present solutions with the potential to address the shortcomings of existing models.

2:00 PM Welcome

2:10 PM

Session 1 — Healthcare Reform
“America’s Healthcare System – Lessons from the Pandemic”

Jack Rasmus will identify structural flaws in the US healthcare system as revealed during the pandemic and discuss avenues.

Discussant:

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3:20 PM Session 2 — Fiscal Policy Reform
“Tax Policy in the Light of the Pandemic – What needs to Change”

Dan Sullivan will examine how our tax systems responded in the light of the pandemic and draw lessons as to how we should raise public revenue for prosperity, sustainability and fiscal resilience.

Discussant:

[insert bio]

2:00 PM Session 1 — Green Economy
 “The Circular Economy – What it Means and why it Matters”

Michael Morris will introduce the circular economy, highlight its role in the fight against climate change and discuss policy tools for making it a reality.

 

Greening the Economy” – Is the Carbon Tax our best bet?”

Robert Werner will discuss the array of policy options to achieve the transition toward the green economy. He will present his case for a carbon tax.

Discussant:

[insert bio]

Discussant:

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3:30 PM

 

Session 2 — Monetary and Banking Reform
“Fixing our Money System for Sustainability and Shared Prosperity”

Thomas Greco will offer an evaluation of our existing money system and discuss alternatives for justice, equity and sustainability.

“Public Banks”

Robert Chirinko will discuss …………

Discussant:

[insert bio]

2:00 PM Housing and Infrastructure
 Rethinking Housing in the Light of Covid 19”

Patrick Condon will provide a critical assessment of our housing policies, discuss alternative policy options tested around the world and make the case for a land tax. (To be confirmed)

 

“Mortgage Finance Criteria and Instability in Housing Markets”

Edward Dodson will consider the role of mortgage finance in property market booms and busts.

Discussant:

[insert bio]

3:30 PM “Funding Infrastructure for Prosperity, Sustainability and Equity”

Rick Rybeck will discuss Land Value Return and Recycling, an equitable and innovative funding strategy for making our cities resilient and prosperous.

Discussant:

[insert bio]

4:30 PM

 

Concluding Remarks, Questions and Observations