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DATE: April 23, 2017

DAY: Sunday

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

LOCATION: IMF HQ1, Meeting Halls A&B

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Technology is transforming both the way we live and the policies that guide government decisions. Panelists will discuss the difficult balancing act that policymakers face between unlocking this potential to revolutionize fiscal policy formulation and implementation on the one hand, and societies’ privacy concerns and public sector capacity constraints on the other. They will also reflect on the implications of digitalization for countries at different stages of development and seek to identify ways in which countries can embark on the digital reform path.

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Digitalization Revolutionizing Fiscal Policy and Systems

Digitalization Revolutionizing Fiscal Policy and Systems


Moderator: Martin Sandbu

Martin Sandbu has been writing about economics for the Financial Times since 2009, when he joined the paper as Economics Leader Writer. He now writes the FT’s Free Lunch. Before joining the FT, he worked in academia and policy consulting. He has taught and carried out research at Harvard, Columbia and the Wharton School, and has advised governments and NGOs on natural resources and economic development. He is the author of two books, one on business ethics and one on the eurozone, and has degrees from Oxford and Harvard.

Panelist: Caroline Atkinson

Caroline Atkinson is the head of global policy at Google, where she advises Google’s leadership on policy issues and leads the company’s work with policy makers, government officials, and key political stakeholders. Prior to joining Google, Caroline served as U.S. President Barack Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics. She has held senior roles at the IMF, the U.S. Treasury, and the Bank of England, and worked as a journalist for The Washington Post, The Economist, and The Times of London. She holds a B.A. from Oxford University.

Panelist: David Lipton

David Lipton has been First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund since 2011. Before coming to the Fund, he was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Economic Affairs at the White House. Previously, he served as Under Secretary for International Affairs at the U.S. Treasury.

Panelist: Andrew McAfee

Andrew McAfee is co-Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. He studies how digital technologies are changing business, the economy, and society. His 2014 book on these topics, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies (co-authored with Erik Brynjolfsson) was a New York Times bestseller. He writes academic papers, a blog for the Financial Times, and articles for publications, including Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The Wall St. Journal, and The New York Times. He was educated at Harvard and MIT.

Panelist: Arvind Subramanian

Arvind Subramanian serves as the chief economic advisor to the Government of India. Before, he was a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Center for Global Development, and Senior Research Professor, Johns Hopkins University. He was previously Assistant Director in the Research Department of the IMF.  He studied at St. Stephens College, Delhi, received an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad, and received an M.Phil. and D.Phil. from Oxford University. He has taught at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.