17 January, 2012 | (01 hr)

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On 17 January, The Conference  Board’s Chief Economist, Bart van Ark, will present the latest estimates of productivity up to 2011 for economies around the world, as well as the projections for 2012.

He will address how productivity creates the “growth bonus” that indebted countries desperately need in order to speed up their reduction in debt. He will also discuss the challenges for emerging economies to continue to grow productivity rapidly while rebalancing their economies towards more consumption-driven societies.

There will be ample opportunity to discuss the implications for businesses having to operate in either a slow or a high performing environment for productivity and innovation.


Bart van Ark, Ph.D.

Bart van Ark, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President., Chief Economist & Chief Strategy Officer
The Conference Board

Bart van Ark is executive vice president, chief economist & chief strategy officer of The Conference Board. He leads a team of almost two dozen economists in New York, Brussels and Beijing who produce a range of widely watched economic indicat... Full Bio

Vivian Chen

Vivian Chen
Senior Economist

Vivian Chen is a senior economist at The Conference Board.

She is responsible for research programs on medium and long-term growth, productivity and competitiveness. Chen leads the development of the Total Economy Database ... Full Bio

Prof Dr. Reinhilde Veugelers

Prof Dr. Reinhilde Veugelers
Senior Fellow

Prof Dr. Reinhilde Veugelers is a Senior fellow whose activities include coordinating Bruegel research in the area of competition, innovation and sustainable growth.

She is a professor at KULeuven (BE) at the Faculty of Economics and Busin... Full Bio


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