Creating Jobs in the Global Economic Crisis: Lessons from Latin America

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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 and Social Security for the Government of Argentina (2003-2013), Carlos Tomada will present his country's experience in a talk entitled "Creating Jobs in the Global Economic Crisis: Lessons from Latin America." Professor Jose Antonio Ocampo, professor of Economics, Columbia University and former UN Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs will comment on this case in relation to the experience of other Latin American countries. David Scobey, executive dean, New School for Public Engagement will deliver introductory remarks.

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. 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.

Jose Antonio Ocampo
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 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 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 asearch for alternative approaches to improve the lives of Latin Americas, following the failure of neo-liberal economic policies to generate sustained economic growth and social development


Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

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