The 2019 Congress of the Association des économistes québécois took place on May 29-30, 2019 at the Québec City Convention Centre.
Demographic change, which has been underway for several years, is affecting the potential of the Québec economy and its ability to generate growth to develop and improve public services. Implementing solutions requires strong action and overcoming various obstacles.
Under the theme "Demography, immigration and labour market transformation: threats or opportunities?" were analyzed crucial issues for the Quebec economy and society. Leading researchers and high-level decision-makers presented their work and proposals in relation to these issues, including:
- Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, and former Director of the Development Research Group at the World Bank;
- David Card, Professor of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley and Director of the Labour Studies Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research;
- Sylvain Giguère, Head of the Economic Development and Local Employment Division, OECD;
- Simon Jolin-Barrette, Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion, Government of Quebec;
- Jean Boulet, Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Solidarity, Government of Quebec.
A posthumous tribute was paid to Bernard Landry, honorary member of the Association, economist and former Prime Minister. Several special guests highlighted his remarkable contribution to Québec's economic development.