Centre of Full Employment and Equity
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (August 2008)|
The Centre of Full Employment and Equity or CofFEE  is an official research centre of the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, and has operated since 1998. CofFEE’s membership is drawn from the disciplines of Economics, Politics, Sociology and Geography.
CofFEE seeks to undertake and promote research into the goals of full employment, price stability and achieving an economy that delivers equitable outcomes for all. Its main focus is on macroeconomics, labour economics, regional development and monetary economics.
Main aims of the Centre
The main aims of the Centre are to promote research aimed at restoring full employment, and achieving an economy that delivers equitable outcomes for all, and determining how effective regional labour markets are in creating employment for the disadvantaged.
Major research programs of public interest include: work on the Job guarantee and public sector employment in OECD countries; the development of alternative labour market indicators (hours-based measures of labour underutilisation); creating effective employment arrangements for youth with psychosis; creating effective local labour markets; advancing spatial research by reconstructing Australia’s economic geography; and a multi-level modelling approach for understanding socio-economic opportunity and vulnerability.
CofFEE researchers are currently working with the International Labour Organisation on a project evaluating the public works employment program in South Africa and assessing the feasibility of establishing a coherent minimum wage system in South Africa.
Coalition of Economic Policy Institutions
CofFEE is part of the Coalition of Economic Policy Institutions, which is a non-partisan forum dedicated to promoting research and public discussion of issues related to macroeconomic and monetary policy (see links below).