Academic journal article NBER Reporter

Productivity Growth and Innovation in the Long Run

Academic journal article NBER Reporter

Productivity Growth and Innovation in the Long Run

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In conjunction with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the NBER held a meeting on "Productivity Growth and Innovation in the Long Run" on September 25 and 26, 2014. The conference was held at the OECD's Conference Center in Paris. The program was organized by Research Associate Nicholas Bloom of Stanford University and Chiara Criscuolo of the OECD. The program included seven panel discussions on distinct topics. These topics, and the speakers who discussed each of them, are listed below:

* Session 1: Will Long-Term Patterns in Global Productivity Continue?

Chair: Graziella Bertocchi, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Speakers: Francesco Caselli, London School of Economics and NBER, and Diego Comin, Dartmouth College and NBER

* Session 2: The Future of Productivity: Inequality and Growth

Chair: Stefano Scarpetta, Employment and Social Affairs Directorate, OECD

Speakers: William Kerr, Harvard Business School and NBER, and Andrew Leigh, Member of Parliament in Australia

* Session 3: The Future of Productivity: Sustainability Issues

Chair: Simon Upton, Environment Directorate, OECD

Speakers: Michael Greenstone, University of Chicago and NBER, and Federick van der Ploeg, University of Oxford

* Session 4: The Long-Term Future of Productivity: The State of the Debate

Chair: Jonathan Haskel, Imperial College London

Speakers: Robert Gordon, Northwestern University and NBER, and Joel Mokyr, Northwestern University and NBER

* Session 5: The Drivers of Productivity: The Role of Organizational Change and Other Firm-Level Factors

Chair: Andrew Wyckoff, Science, Technology, and Innovation Directorate, OECD

Speakers: Nicholas Bloom, and Luis Garicano, London School of Economics, and Catherine Mann, OECD

* Session 6: The Drivers of Productivity: Technical Progress, Diffusion, and Resource Allocation

Chair: Christian Kastrop, Economics Department, OECD

Speakers: Ufiik Akcigit, University of Pennsylvania and NBER, and Chad Syverson, University of Chicago and NBER

* Session 7: The Drivers of Productivity: Agglomeration and Network Issues

Chair: Joaquim Oliveira Martins, Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development, OECD Speakers: Gilles Duranton, University of Pennsylvania, and Cesar Hidalgo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Video recordings of the presentations maybe found at: http://www. …

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