About the theme

The welfare state is one of the greatest achievements of Western societies. It provides income protection to the jobless and care for the sick and the old. Without it, millions would suffer from poverty and ailments. Therefore, it is also no surprise that voter surveys in Denmark demonstrate over and over again that voters prefer a solid and reliable welfare system to reduced tax payment.

Yet the welfare state is challenged. Rising costs and deep socio-economic changes such as globalization and automatization require us to answer new, pressing questions: How do we ensure equal opportunities for everyone in a globalized and skills-intensive economy? What are the political consequences if we fail? How do we best utilize automatization in public service delivery? What moral dilemmas do automated public service delivery present us with?

The MatchPoints Seminar 2018 brings experts from a variety of different fields together with welfare state practitioners to explore these and related questions.

Keynote speakers in 2018

James Heckman is the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, a Nobel Memorial Prize winner in economics and an expert in the economics of human development. Read more about James Heckman

The title of his keynote speech at MatchPoints Seminar 2018 is: Should Denmark invest More – or Differently – in Early Childhood?

Guy Standing is a Professorial Research Associate at SOAS University of London and a founder member and honorary co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), a non-governmental organisation that promotes a basic income for all.
Read more about Guy Standing here.

The title of his keynote speech at MatchPoints Seminar 2018 is: Rentier Capitalism and the Precariat: Arguments for Basic Income

Thursday 24 May: Danish debate and theatre evening

If you speak Danish - don't miss the event Thursday evening on Who saves the welfare: Robots or Volunteers? Get updated on the old problems and the new solutions regarding the Danish welfare and follow the panel debate on the theme. You can also experience a "scientific monologue on welfare" performed by actress Özlem Saglanmak from Nørrebro Teater, based on the Danish Tænkepause about Welfare (written by Carsten Jensen, AU). The evening will be held at the Lake Side Lecture Theatret at Aarhus University.

The evening event is organized by Aarhus Municipality and Aarhus University together with Nørrebro Theater.

See full programme and read about the robots, you can meet during the evening here.

Friday 25 May: MatchPoints evening at Concert Hall

Education: The Future of the Welfare State?

Nobel Memorial Prize winner in economics and an expert in the economics of human development James Heckman speaks at Rytmisk Sal at Concert Hall Aarhus on economic gains to be had by investing in early childhood development. Heckmans speech is followed by a paneldebate on childhood and education with professor Niels Egelund, CEO Voluntas Morten Albæk, MP and former minister Morten Østergaard among the panelists.

Moderator this evening is communications advisor and political analyst Rulle Grabow.
Please note there are a limited number of seats available. The evening will be held in English. 

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