Updates from the Future Markets Consultation

9 Nominees in Essay Contest Future Markets Consultation

At the end of 2020 the Future Markets Consultation invited students and young scholars to submit their ideas on a sustainable and just market economy for Europe in the shape of an essay. The jury has meanwhile read all the submissions to this essay contest with great interest. Five master students and four young scholars have been nominated for the prize. The winner in each of these two categories will be announced in a short award ceremony on 12 April 2020.

Renewing the Welfare State; Panel Discussion & Presentation of Report on 29 April

Various innovative ideas, such as an unconditional universal basic income, job guarantee and universal basic services, today seem less radical and utopian than they used to be. But should we put our faith fully in one of these options, seeing it as a silver bullet solution to all of our problems? Or should we, instead, advocate for an innovative combination that brings together the strengths of different ideas?

During an online event on 29 April Sam de Muijnck (chairman of the Think Tank of Young Economists of the Future Markets Consultation) will present his report, followed by a panel discussion.

Towards the Well-Being Economy; Presentation of Report on 12 April

We are living through a twice-in-a-century change in economic thinking and policy making, also known as a paradigm shift: away from neoliberal market ideas and a focus on narrow economic growth, towards an economy centred on enhancing human well-being in a sustainable, equitable and resilient way – also known as the Well-Being Economy.

The Think Tank of Young Economists of the Future Markets Consultation has investigated how we can move towards the Wellbeing Economy. At an online event on 12 April 2020 the young economists will present the report and receive a short reaction from former Dutch prime minister Jan-Peter Balkenende, who will write the main consultation report.

The Reset of Capitalism (in Europe)

We need a ‘Great Reset’ or ‘Great Reallocation’ of capitalism in which European capital is being invested in European companies, and vice versa, European companies being financed with European capital; these investment decisions resulting from a dialogue between the European wealthy and European entrepreneurs; and this process being maximally supported and promoted by national and European laws and regulations. This idea was not born from gloomy nationalism or anti-globalism, but from the conviction that a better balance is needed between global and local, between place of production and place of consumption, between mobile wealth and immobile labor, between large-scale politics and small communities, between freedom and responsibility, between short- and long-term. A viewpoint for the Future Markets Consultation submitted by Dutch think tank Socires.

Perspectives and Elections – Towards a Future-Proof and Valuable Society

With its recently published manifesto, Springtij wants to give a significant push to the shift towards a future-proof Netherlands. It is a political manifesto that is meant to be apolitical; Springtij points to ideas “that transcend party political positions. Ideas and solutions that do not divide society but strengthen it.” The Springtij manifesto is built around four ‘environments’: living & working environment, agricultural & natural environment, industrial environment, and great waters & sea. The changes described in the manifesto require a number of economic and social changes. A viewpoint submitted to the Future Market Consultation.

Transparency in the Value Chain Is a Must for Every Company!

Transparency in the chain, for some companies this is their mission, but for many companies it is a complicated matter. While in developing countries, where many raw materials and/or products come from, there is a high risk of human rights violations. Understanding the chain is an important step towards transparency. To achieve this, legislation is necessary, argue Jacob van der Duijn Schouten and Jacoline de Kruijf in a viewpoint submitted to the Future Market Consultation.

The Future of Europe’s Capitalism – Podcast with Dirk Bezemer

In this podcast Annick van Rinsum speaks with Dirk Bezemer, professor of Economics, member of the Sustainable Finance Lab, and author of the book Een Land van Kleine Buffers [‘A Country of Small Buffers’, in Dutch]. They talk about the difference between the Rhinelandic and the Anglo-Saxon capitalist models and their effect on socio-economic outcomes, about whether there is a uniquely European capitalism at the world stage and the need to(re-)define it, and about the role of economists as social scientist to address the challenges that the future brings. This episode of the podcast series by Pakhuis de Zwijger forms the closure of a series of online dialogues that we organized with them over the past couple of months on the future of capitalism in Europe.

What Does Europe’s Future Economy of the Common Good Look Like? Join Our Dialogue on Monday

This upcoming Monday the closing dialogue will take place of our series on the future of capitalism. Topic will be a more just and sustainable economic model for Europe, with this time four guests from four different European countries: Luis Garicano (Spain), Dalia Marin (Austria/Germany), Lucrezia Reichlin (Italy), and Geert Noels (Belgium). Can we develop a serious economic alternative for the Chinese and American model? Can we, despite the different cultures and countries we come from, find uniting ground for a European economic model? We cordially invite you to join the dialogue and submit your questions!

Can a Different Market Economy Work in Practice? Recording of the Live Cast Now Available

The recording of our live cast on whether a different market economy can work in practice (16 November) with economist Luigi Zingales and economic refomer Christian Felber is now available. The interview with Zingales and the interview with Felber, part of the episode, are also available as separate videos.

Should Love or Incentives Drive Capitalism?

Every episode of the online dialogues between visionary economists, organized as part of the Consultation, starts off with a personal reflection by one of the members of the Consultation’s Think Tank of Young Economists. This is the reflection of Eefje de Gelder at the start of the dialogue ‘Can a Different Market Economy Work in Practice?‘ (16 November).

Can A Different Market Economy Work in Practice? Tonight in Dialogue: Christian Felber & Luigi Zingales

Our guests in today’s online dialogue of the Future Markets Consultation are Christian Felber and Luigi Zingales. Felber is among others the founder of Economy for the Common Good, a social movement advocating an alternative economic model. Zingales co-developed the Financial Trust Index, designed to monitor the level of trust that Americans have toward their financial system and is critical of monopolies dominating today’s economy. Topic of discussion – you are cordially invited to join at 18.30 CET – is whether a different market economy can work in practice.


Essay Contest: The Future of Capitalism in Europe

Invitation to Submit a Viewpoint

Individuals and representatives from societal organizations are invited to submit their viewpoint in the form of a short essay / article

Visionary Economists in Dialogue – A Series of Online Events

A recording is available for each event!
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