Occupy Rotterdam: Economic Summit For Worried Citizens

V2_ hosted the Occupy Rotterdam movement’s one-night "Economic Summit for Worried Citizens." Occupy Rotterdam asked four economists from the region to reflect on their reader's letter to the Volkskrant of february 1997. In this letter these subscribers - and more than 60 other economists - stated their concerns about the coming Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).

Occupy Rotterdam: Economic Summit For Worried Citizens

Occupy Wallstreet, "Bull-dancer"

Dec 2011
18:00 to 20:30
location: V2_, Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam

Occupy Rotterdam has asked four Rotterdam-area economists to comment on their February 1997 letter to the editor of De Volkskrant. In it, they and more than 60 other economist subscribers to the newspaper expressed their concerns about Europe’s then-forthcoming Economic and Monetary Union. Occupy Rotterdam tracked those still living in the Netherlands’ 010 telephone exchange area to invite them to talk about their prophetic vision. At the summit, we’ll also look at how their concerns of 13 years ago have become reality today. The summit’s overarching purpose is to determine how the economists’ concerns relate to the grievances of the Occupy Wall Street movement, as published at http://www.nycga.net.

Do the same grievances apply to the Dutch and European Occupy movements without adaptation? Or do the Netherlands and Europe face specific monetary, ideological or political circumstances that require attention? How do the economists view our chances of resolving the current crisis, and what do they believe is needed to do so? Is there an alternative? Can we fix the system, or should we replace it? 

The economists’ letter can be viewed at http://www.volkskrant.nl.

The following economists participated in the summit forum: 

Fieke van der Lecq, a professor in pension markets at the Erasmus School of Economics;

Irene van Staveren, a professor of pluralist development economics in the Institute of Social Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam and chair of its PhD Research Degrees Committee;

Jack Vromen, a professor in theoretical philosophy specializing in the philosophy of economics and a board member of the Netherlands School for Research in Practical Philosophy specializing in ethics;

Frank Dietz, head of the sustainable development section of the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.

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