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The Nordic Model for Competitive Economies: What’s in it for the U.S.?

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As U.S. lawmakers and businesses work to rebuild the economy following the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenge is to strengthen the workforce, raise productivity, and build a more resilient system. In a time of disruptive change, with technological and social developments still lurking around the corner, investing in the human capital of American workers will be key.

The Nordic countries are known for their significant investments in human capital, including workforce development, paid family leave, and the social safety net. What do those countries tell us about how to foster a workforce that is able to skill up and adapt, and how to ensure that workplaces better benefit women, men, and families?

Join the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Nordic Center of UC-Berkeley, and the Embassies of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden for a webinar on the lessons the United States can draw from the Nordic countries for building resiliency into the post-COVID economy.

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Remarks by:

H.E. Lone Dencker Wisborg
Ambassador of Denmark to the U.S.

H.E. Bergdís Ellertsdóttir
Ambassador of Iceland to the U.S.

Panel discussion with:

Robert Strand
Executive Director of the Nordic Center, Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley

Ben Gitis
Associate Director of the Economic Policy Project, BPC

Haldor Byrkjeflot
Professor in Sociology, University of Oslo

Caitlyn Collins
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis

Additional participants to be announced

In light of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, BPC events have shifted to all remote formats, such as video teleconferences or calls.


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