IZA World of Labor Brexit Debate
Monday 20th June
Dawn or Doom: The effects of a Brexit on immigration, wages and employment
Join us for a panel discussion with economist Jonathan Portes (National Institute of Economic and Social Research), Conservative politician Geoffrey Van Orden (Member of the European Parliament), Professor L. Alan Winters (Sussex University and IZA) and Allie Renison (Institute of Directors).
Three days before the referendum on a Brexit IZA World of Labor and the Bloomsbury Institute are bringing together a high-profile panel to discuss the effects a possible Brexit might have on the UK labour market and EU immigration.
When it comes to evaluating the repercussions of Britain leaving the EU, claims are being made with vehemence; some are calling it “disastrous,” whilst others state that it will result in a “booming Britain”. But, as so often the case, the answer is neither black nor white, and the issues are far more complex. To help demystify the implications of Brexit, particularly from a labour market perspective, IZA World of Labor is gathering a panel of experts to give us their views on this difficult question—in or out— before the nation goes to vote.
Moderator: Phil Coggan is the Buttonwood columnist of The Economist. Previously, he worked for the Financial Times for 20 years, most recently as Investment Editor. In that post, he founded the “Short View” column and wrote the “Long View” and “Last Word” columns. In 2009, he was voted Senior Financial Journalist of the Year in the Wincott awards and best communicator in the business journalist of the year awards. He is author of “The Money Machine”, “The Economist Guide to Hedge Funds” and most recently "The Last Vote: the Threats to Western Democracy book His book "Paper Promises: Money Debt and the New World Order” was Spears’ business book of the year in 2012.
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Date: Monday 20th June
Time: Debate at 6.30pm and drinks 7.30-8.30pm
Place: Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP
Jonathan Portes is Principal Research Fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research; and Senior Fellow, ESRC Britain in a Changing Europe. Previously, he was Chief Economist at the Cabinet Office. Before that he held a number of other senior economic policy posts in the UK government. His particular interests include immigration, labour markets, and poverty. Mr Portes began his civil service career in HM Treasury in 1987.
Allie Renison is Head of Europe and Trade Policy at the Institute of Directors. She is devising recommendations and representing the voice of members on EU reform matters and helping to provide the link between business and Government on increasing international trade. She also routinely provides advocacy for the IoD on a range of regulatory issues in Brussels. She was previously Research Director at Business for Britain.
Geoffrey Charles Van Orden MBE is a British politician and former Army officer. He is currently Member of the European Parliament for the East of England region for the Conservative Party. He was first elected to the European Parliament in 1999. He has consistently opposed European political integration and taken a tough stance on immigration. Geoffrey sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee and Security and Defence Subcomittee.
L. Alan Winters CB is Professor of Economics in the University of Sussex. He is a Research Fellow and former Programme Director of the Centre for Economic Policy Research and a contributor to IZA World of Labor. He is CEO of the Migrating Out Of Poverty Research Consortium. From 2008 to 2011 he was Chief Economist at the British government’s Department for International Development (DFID), and from 2004 to 2007 Director of the Development Research Group of the World Bank.