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Event: Role of Economics Research in Policy: A Symposium

October 20, 2008, TCU Place Saskatoon, SK

This one-day symposium was co-hosted by the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and the Knowledge Impact in Society. The purpose of this symposium was to explore the current state of economic analysis in policy formation. Are economists and economic analysis being used in the policy process? If so, how? If not, why not? Are economists being trained in the correct manner to be effective in policy decision-making? What is the best way to use economics in policy creation?

The symposium's underlying premise was that economic analysis is a critical tool for policy formation, that numerous factors are eroding the role that economists play, and that these factors need to be addressed. The program began with an opening talk from Dave Pannell (University of Western Australia), followed by two panel sessions, closing comments from the opening speaker, and wrap-up remarks from a rapporteur. The symposium was attended by 90 people from academia, government, policy think tanks, and industry organizations.

Speaker Presentations
Three of the seven speakers used powerpoint slides. PDFs of the slides are available for download.

Opening Statement
by David Pannell, University of Western Australia
Session 2: Solutions Panelist
Ron Kneebone, Institute of Advanced Policy Research, University of Calgary
Session 2: Solutions Panelist
John Richards, Graduate Public Policy Program, Simon Fraser University

Op-Ed by Murray Fulton
Both the Saskatoon Star Phoenix and the Regina Leader Post printed Dr. Fulton's op-ed piece which used the United States' financial bailout package as an example of government policy that struggled to balance politics with economics.

Regina Leader Post printed on October 18, 2008
"Politically correct bailout is risky"
by Murray Fulton


Further details available at:

Event postcard : Download pdf (240 KB)

For further information: Kathy Lang 982-2775 or click to email KIS , or click to email Andrea Geisbauer


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