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DATE: April 21, 2017

DAY: Friday

4:30 PM - 5:45 PM

LOCATION: IMF HQ1, Meeting Halls A&B

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The workforce in 2050 will look very different from that of today, as aging continues and working-age populations start to shrink. In an era of such profound demographic change, a productivity revolution becomes a necessity. Can automation boost workers’ productivity, especially for those in the ranks of the elderly? Does the way we currently measure output and productivity truly capture the “new economy” and how the younger, tech-savvy generations work? How can companies leverage technology and a “more experienced” workforce? Can innovation, family, and immigration policies help? Join us in seeking answers to these questions and exploring policy options to address the challenges posed by demographic changes around the world

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Productivity in the Age of Fewer, Older Workers

Productivity in the Age of Fewer, Older Workers


Panelist: Jared Bernstein

Jared Bernstein joined the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in May 2011 as a Senior Fellow. From 2009 to 2011, he was the Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Biden, Executive Director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class, and a member of President Obama's economic team. He holds a PhD in social welfare from Columbia University.

Panelist: David Canning

David Canning is the Richard Saltonstall Professor of Population Sciences and Professor of Economics and International Health in the Harvard School of Public Health. He also serves as the Deputy Director of the Program on the Global Demography of Aging. His research focuses on the effect of demographic changes on economic behavior, and explores health as a form of human capital and its effect on worker productivity. He holds a PhD in economics from Cambridge University.

Panelist: Catherine L. Mann

Catherine L. Mann is OECD Chief Economist and Head of the Economics Department since October 2014. She also serves as the OECD Representative at the Deputies’ meetings of the G20 Finance Track. Before joining the OECD, she was the Rosenberg Professor of Global Finance at Brandeis University. Earlier in her career, she worked at the White House, the World Bank, and the Federal Reserve Board. She holds a PhD in economics from MIT.

Panelist: Yasuyuki Sawada

Yasuyuki Sawada is ADB Chief Economist and Head of Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department. Before assuming this post, he was a professor at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Economics. He also worked at the ADB Institute in Tokyo and Stanford Center for International Development, and served as a consultant for various projects at the World Bank Group. He earned a PhD in economics at Stanford University.

Panelist: Hal R. Varian

Hal R. Varian is the Chief Economist at Google. He is also an emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He taught at MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Michigan and other universities around the world. He is also a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the Econometric Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received his SB degree from MIT and his MA in mathematics and PhD in economics from UC Berkeley.