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Creating Jobs in a Time of Global Crisis: Lessons from Latin America

The New School

Monday, April 1, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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The global crisis has shrunk employment in many countries. Argentina is an exception. What strategies has the government used to maintain the quantity of jobs while improving quality as well? How does this strategy compare to other Latin American countries?

On the basis of a decade as Minister of Labor, Carlos Tomada will present his country's experience. Professor José Antonio Ocampo will comment on this case in relation to the experience of other Latin American countries. 


Public Lecture by:
Carlos Tomada
Minister of Labor and Social Security
Government of Argentina, 2003-2013

José Antonio Ocampo
Professor of Economics, Columbia University
Former UN Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs

Intruced by:
David Scobey
Executive Dean, New School for Public Engagement, The New School


Carlos Tomada has worked in labor relations for 35 years, as a consultant, researcher, manager, politician, and university professor. In his own words, he is "a man of labor relations and collective bargaining." He is a lawyer and holds graduates degrees in Industrial Relations and Labor Problems, recognized by the International Labor Organization (ILO), the universities of Castilla La Mancha (Spain) and Bologna (Italy).

As a consultant he has worked for the ILO, UNDP, and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation on industrial relations and social dialogue. He has presented and published numerous papers, articles, and research for the ILO, CEIL-PIETTE/CONICET throughout Latin American and European Universities, and in various legal and labor related journals.

From 1989 to 1992 he was the private arbitrator appointed by both the unions and employers to resolve conflicts in Argentina. He also participated in the First World Summit of Labor Mediation, in Washington in 1997. From 2005 to 2006 he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ILO. Currently, he chairs Argentina's National Council for Employment, Productivity, and Minimum Wage.

José Antonio Ocampo is a Professor of Economics at Columbia University. He served as Minister of Economy and Minister of Agriculture in his native Colombia. He was appointed Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and later was named UN Undersecretary General for Economic and Social Affairs. Mr. Ocampo was one of three finalists for the position of President of the World Bank in 2012. He is the author of many books and articles about the economic performance of Latin American countries. Most recently he published The Economic Development of the Latin America since Independence, together with Luis Bertola.   


The Latin America on the Move Program, within the Observatory on Latin America (OLA), is a series of debates and encounters that take place in New York among Latin American and US leaders and intellectuals in which they discuss the challenges and changes underway in the region. Each year, the Observatory on Latin America (OLA) brings together high-­level political and societal leaders to discuss how the region is changing, the constraints, and opportunities. These discussions are intended to provoke the search for alternative approaches to improve the lives of Latin Americans, following the failure of neo-liberal economic policies to generate sustained economic growth and social development.


This event is brought to you by the Observatory on Latin America (OLA) at The New School. For more information on the OLA and it's many programs, please visit the website by clicking here.

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Theresa Lang Center
55 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011

Monday, April 1, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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