MMT and the new social contract

MMT and the new social contract: Lessons from Covid-19

Saturday 27 February 2021   10am-11am AEDT on Zoom

Update: Zoom is almost booked out.
If you miss out on a Zoom place, you can also watch on YouTube Live.

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/gE2fUGS4UOs

After the year-long Covid-19 crisis it is clear that contrary to the catchphrase that became a popular message of hope early in the pandemic, we’re definitely not all in this together.

Inequalities both old and new have been exacerbated due to inadequate policy responses to the individual and societal effects of Covid-19. Globally, hundreds of millions of people are now underemployed or out of work. Job destruction has disproportionately affected lower paid and lower skilled jobs.  Essential workers in low paid, insecure and undervalued jobs are more likely to die from the virus. They are our teachers, our care workers, our service staff, our transport staff.

Yet the ultrarich have enjoyed soaring wealth. The combined wealth of the world’s 10 richest men has risen by more than $500 billion since the crisis began. The prevailing social contract serves the few not the many.

Our guests for the first webinar of 2021, Pavlina Tcherneva and Bill Mitchell, both leading MMT academics, will set forth a powerful and hopeful vision for a new social contract founded on a real world understanding of the policy potential of monetary sovereign governments that will be better able to foster the genuine ‘we’re all in this together’ effort required to tackle the immediate Covid-19 crisis and the ongoing and looming threat to our planet from the climate crisis.

PAVLINA R TCHERNEVA PhD is an Associate Professor of Economics at Bard College and a Research Scholar at the Levy Economics Institute NY. She specializes in Modern Monetary Theory and public policy. Tcherneva is the author of recently published and highly acclaimed book A Case for A Job Guarantee.

Prof WILLIAM MITCHELL is Professor of Economics at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia and Docent Professor of Global Political Economy at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He is one of the founding developers of Modern Monetary Theory. He is also the Director of the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), an official research centre at the University of Newcastle, and President of MMTed, a private educational provider. He has published many books including Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World and co-authored the best-selling text book Macroeconomics.

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