Firms, Workers and Disruptive Technologies

Thursday, June 28, 2018 to Friday, June 29, 2018

OECD Global Forum

Firms, Workers and Disruptive Technologies – Ensuring Sustainable and Inclusive Growth

3rd Annual Conference of the Global Forum on Productivity

Over recent years, the world has seen a number of technological developments that have challenged the way our economies function. New technologies have brought dramatic changes in the way firms produce goods and services, organize their activities, and collaborate within innovation ecosystems. Nevertheless, these innovations have not yet translated into shared prosperity. Inequality is increasing and productivity growth remains sluggish in many of the advanced and emerging economies. Therefore, it is essential to understand the underlying factors of disruptive technologies and how policy can use them to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth.

The 3rd Annual Conference of the Global Forum on Productivity — co-organised with the Bank of Canada and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada — will bring together senior policy-makers, high-level academics and experts to address some of the leading questions on these themes. The Conference will explore:

  1. The policy and economic implications from new technologies
  2. Structural changes from disruptive technologies
  3. Technology creation, adoption and impacts on institutions
  4. Intangibles, skills and disruptive technologies
  5. The state of knowledge on the productivity slowdown.

In addition, this 3rd Conference will be an opportunity to assess the extent to which the Global Forum on Productivity has helped uncover the factors behind the productivity slowdown.

The Commission's Chair, Murray Sherwin, and Economist, Paul Conway, will be attending the conference.

Find out more about the Global Forum on Productivity here.