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  • About the Author: Bart van Ark

    Bart van Ark is executive vice president and global chief economist of The Conference Board, a global business research think tank headquartered in New York which includes 500 of the top-2000 global c…

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13 Aug. 2019 | Comments (0)
Currency Wars: What a CEO Should Prepare For
In the coming months, global executives could find themselves trying to navigate an international currency market wherein both the USD and the RMB are…

09 May. 2018 | Comments (0)
Financial Times Op-Ed: We May be Missing the Productivity Revival in the Global Economy
Policymakers returned home from last month’s spring meetings of the World Bank and IMF with a clear message. The current short-term outlook provides n…

17 May. 2016 | Comments (0)
Making dollars—and sense—out of the New Digital Economy
As the economy continues to digitize at an unprecedented pace, why don’t we see faster economic growth and productivity increases? The answer is that …

17 May. 2016 | Comments (0)
The New Digital Economy is not paying off in terms of higher productivity—yet
Despite rapid digital innovation, booming spending on digital services, and spectacular tech-price declines, the New Digital Economy of mobile, broadb…

22 Jul. 2015 | Comments (0)
Blaming the productivity slowdown on measurement issues takes our eyes off the ball
The productivity slowdown does not result primarily from the mismeasurement of technology output, but from our failure to invest effectively in innova…

15 Apr. 2015 | Comments (0)
The benefits of lower oil prices are largely behind us, while more risks are ahead
The drastic decline in oil prices that began in summer 2014 has left clear winners and losers among countries, sectors, and industries. Overall, we ar…

12 Nov. 2014 | Comments (0)
Can the world get by with 3 percent average growth?
Today’s annual release of The Conference Board Global Economic Outlook projects global economic growth in 2015 at 3.4 percent, just a fraction faster …

10 Nov. 2014 | Comments (0)
Are pessimistic growth forecasts worse than optimistic ones?
“The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable,” said the late John Kenneth Galbraith. As The Conference Board prepa…

11 Jun. 2013 | Comments (0)
Why Productivity Growth Is Good For a Healthier Labor Market
Why are we creating so few jobs in the United States? As a matter of fact … we are not. Nevertheless, there has not been much of a feel-good factor ab…