Global forum on productivity
This year’s conference will focus on “Market dynamics, competition and the role of industrial policy in the context of the COVID-19 crisis”.
Digital technologies and business models drive productivity growth and are key to job creation and prosperity. However, they can also create “winner takes most” dynamics, market concentration and rising productivity gaps across firms. How do these developments affect market dynamics and competition in interconnected economies and what role can modern industrial policy play to promote structural change while maintaining a “level playing field” to ensure fair competition in global markets? The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have an accelerating effect on these already ongoing structural changes. Against this background, government action becomes even more important and policy dialogue around these topics is more timely than ever.
This conference will bring together high-level policy makers, top academics and experts on productivity. The event will be a unique opportunity to discuss these difficult topics and reflect on how they are shaped by economic crisis following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Peter Altmaier (Minister, BMWi), and Ángel Gurría (Secretary-General, OECD), will open the Flagship Event. Keynotes and panellists throughout the event will include Philippe Aghion (College de France), Ufuk Akcigit (University of Chicago), Thomas Philippon (NYU Stern), Diane Coyle (University of Cambridge), Cristina Caffarra (Charles River Associates) and many others.