Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

6th Festival of Economics in Trento, Italy, 2-5 June 2011


The borders of economic freedom

Trento, Italy, 2-5 June 2011

The Autonomous Province of Trento, in collaboration with the University of Trento and the financial newspaper Il sole 24 Ore has, over the past six years, organised the Festival of Economics which has become a very important international event.

This sixth edition of the Festival tried to enable everyone to form an opinion on the complex questions that define the new borders of free private initiative that are being put in place in various parts of the planet.


The OECD LEED Trento Centre, in cooperation with the School on Local Development of the University of Trento, organised a round-table session on:


Labour and productivity:
the role of institutions, trade unions and business in the current economic crisis


Friday 3 June from 11.00 to 12.30

OECD Trento Centre, Vicolo S. Marco, 1, Trento


New scenarios for development in OECD countries see the emergence of a demand for cooperation between business, trade unions and institutions. To what extent, the business risk can be shared with the workers? How do you redefine the role of trade unions in the economy of small business and territories? What is the role of politics and policies? Issues to be addressed concerned the need to experiment new forms of relationships and partnerships between the world of politics, business and labour. 

The round-table speakers were:

  • Sergio Arzeni: Director of the Centre for entrepreneurship, SMEs and local development of the OECD.
  • Bruno Dallago: Dean of the Faculty of Sociology and Director of the School for Local Development at the University of Trento.
  • Aart de Geus: OECD Deputy Secretary General, in charge of the OECD agenda in the areas of Employment, Labor, Social Affairs, (including Pensions, Health and Migration), Education, Public Governance and Territorial Development.
    Aart de Geus was Minister of Social Affairs and Employment in the Netherlands from 2002 until 2007.
  • Joachim Möller: Director of the Federal Labour Office’s Institute of Employment Research, Professor of Economics at the University of Regensburg.

For more information please visit the official website.