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This webcast considers whether other countries can replicate Germany’s success in remaining competitive in high wage sectors by creating value chains in which low skill and low wage tasks are performed elsewhere. In addition, The Conference Board will present its latest outlook for the Euro Area economy.


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

Brian Schaitkin

Brian Schaitkin
The Conference Board

Brian Schaitkin is an economist at The Conference Board. Schaitkin joined The Conference Board in 2007 as a research analyst for the Global Indicators Research Institute program. Schaitkin helped develop The Conference Board Leading Ec... Full Bio

Bert Colijn

Bert Colijn
Senior Economist, Europe
The Conference Board

Bert Colijn is a senior economist that focuses on the European market. He works on the European Commission FP7 project NEUJOBS, focusing on productivity and economic growth in Europe in 2025. Besides this, he works on developing European indicator... Full Bio

Thomas Mayer

Thomas Mayer
Director of The Conference Board's European Council of Economists
The Conference Board
Senior Advisor
Deutsche Bank
Senior Fellow
Center of Financial Studies at Goethe Universität Frankfurt

Thomas Mayer, Director of The Conference Board’s European Council of Economists, also serves as both a Senior Fellow at the Center of Financial Studies at Goethe Universität Frankfurt and a Senior Advisor to Deutsche Ba... Full Bio


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