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Economic Symposium

How much Regulation do Markets Need?


The economic and financial crisis has shaken faith in the market economy and has revealed areas in which the states have failed. At the Alpbach Economic Symposium 2011, we will thus analyse the balance between the free market and framework regulations imposed by the states.

Our discussions will focus on two issues. First, we will try to answer the question whether the current European model of the Social Market Economy is able to meet the challenges posed by globalisation and demographic developments, or whether we need a »New Social Market Economy«. Second, we will scrutinise specific forms of state governance and market regulation. How successful is the Single European Market, is there effective competition, and are the accusations of over-regulation justified? Which competitive and regulatory deficiencies can be identified in Austria?

The concluding economic policy panel will discuss strategies to enable Europe to overcome the banking and monetary crisis and to strengthen its position in global competition without jeopardising internal social cohesion.

Economic Symposium

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14:00 - 14:30OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 16:00Market Economy and Social ResponsibilityPlenary
16:30 - 18:30The Future of the Social Market EconomyPlenary
19:00 - 20:30Special Lecture: Free Trade and the New ProtectionismPlenary
20:30 - 23:00Reception hosted by SAP Austria GmbH and the European Forum AlpbachSocial


09:30 - 11:00The EU Internal Market - an Example of Effective Regulation?Plenary
11:30 - 13:00Competitive and Regulatory Deficiencies in AustriaPlenary
14:30 - 17:30Working Group 14: Den Wandel im Tourismus bewältigen - Zukunftsfähige Strukturen schaffenBreakout
15:00 - 18:00Working Group 01: Wann ist Regulierung intelligent?Breakout
15:00 - 18:00Working Group 02: Economic Efficiency between Competition and RegulationBreakout
15:00 - 18:00Working Group 03: "Systemic" Enterprises under Supervision?Breakout
15:00 - 18:00Working Group 04: Kollaps der Transfergesellschaft? Wohin führt Umverteilung?Breakout
15:00 - 18:00Working Group 05: Visionen 2020: Wie wollen und wie können wir wirtschaften?Breakout
15:00 - 18:00Working Group 06: Live-Experiment: Eigenprofit oder Gemeinwohl?Breakout
15:00 - 18:00Working Group 07: Vorbild Manager? Erwartungen und MachbarkeitBreakout
15:00 - 18:00Working Group 08: CancelledBreakout
15:00 - 18:00Working Group 09: Nachhaltigkeit als ManagementprinzipBreakout
15:00 - 18:00Working Group 10: Das Kapital - Motor oder Übeltäter?Breakout
15:00 - 18:00Working Group 11: Die Zukunft der Arbeit zwischen Produktivität und GerechtigkeitBreakout
15:00 - 18:00Working Group 12: Das Steuersystem: Einfach gerecht (be-)steuern!?Breakout
15:00 - 18:00Working Group 13: Daseinsvorsorge: Bringt Liberalisierung Effizienz und Sicherheit?Breakout
19:00 - 20:30Peter Drucker Special Lecture: Management-Responsibility and RegulationPlenary
20:30 - 23:00Reception hosted by T-Mobile Austria GmbH and T-Systems Austria GmbHSocial


09:30 - 11:45Europe and Global CompetitionPlenary
11:45 - 12:00Closing StatementPlenary