Social Capital Symposium

I’m running a social capital symposium in Canberra on August 29, featuring Robert Putnam, Michael Woolcock and Paul Frijters. The program is over the fold, and a link to the registration form is below. Unfortunately, we had to cover some fairly large costs, so apologies in advance for the price tag. But if you’re interested in the topic, I think it’ll be a valuable event.

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Social Capital in Australia – A Symposium
Monday 29 August 2005
Venue: Australian National University
(Details will be emailed to registrants)

9.00-9.15am  COFFEE & REGISTRATION
9.15-9.30am  Andrew Leigh, Australian National University
Chair’s Welcome
9.30-10.30am   Robert Putnam, Harvard University
   Social Capital and Diversity
10.30-10.45am MORNING TEA
10.45-11.45am Michael Woolcock, Harvard University & World Bank
   Social Capital and Development
11.45-12.45pm Paul Frijters, Australian National University
   Social Capital as Relational Capital
12.45-1.00pm  Bob Gregory, Australian National University
   Closing Summary
1.00pm  LUNCH

This event is particularly suited to policymakers and experts working on issues related to social capital and civic engagement.

About the Speakers

Robert Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. He is the world’s leading authority on social capital, and has written numerous books including the best-selling Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community (2000), a collective volume Democracies in Flux: The Evolution of Social Capital in Contemporary Society (2002), and more recently Better Together: Restoring the American Community, a study of promising new forms of social connectedness. His work has been the focus of seminars hosted by Bill Clinton at Camp David and Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street. He is now conducting research on the challenges of building community in an increasingly diverse society.

Michael Woolcock is a Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University and a Senior Social Scientist with the World Bank’s Development Research Group in Washington, DC. His teaching and research uses interdisciplinary theories and methods to address two major themes, namely social institutions (how kinship systems, social networks, and community organizations shape the survival and mobility strategies of the poor) and political economy (the role of governments and civil society organizations in managing globalization). He is the author of numerous articles and chapters on social development, including three forthcoming books, and has had his work translated into seven languages. He has worked in India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, St. Lucia, Jamaica, Colombia, and Romania.

Paul Frijters is the Fred Gruen Fellow in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. He has written over 50 papers, and two forthcoming books, on many different topics including econometrics; duration models; labour markets; social capital; institutions; creative destruction; trade models; happiness; health; mass-murders; fashion; business cycles; and the theory of the firm. His work regularly appears in major international journals, including the American Economic Review, the Economic Journal, and the Journal of Human Resources.

The sponsorship of the National Institute of Economics and Business (NIEB) is gratefully acknowledged.

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