Growth, Productivity & Competitiveness Publications

2016

  1. StraightTalk® Global Economic Outlook 2016: Quality over Quantity: How Business Can Generate Sustainable Growth in a Slow Global Economy

    May 2016 | Key Business Issues

    Our outlook for global economic growth remains modest at 2.4 percent in 2016 and 2.7 percent in 2017. While growth rates between mature and emerging markets have rapidly converged, significant variation between regions remains.

  2. Conference Board Economics Watch® Emerging Markets View

    May 2016 | Economics Watch Reports

    Sentiment improved somewhat into the second quarter of 2016, but emerging markets’ economic fundamentals are weak and the growth outlook remains fragile.

  3. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    May 2016 | Economics Watch Reports

    The outlook for the Euro Area remains fairly positive but the recovery might be losing steam given that the global outlook is not encouraging. Meanwhile, the new puzzle to solve concerns inflation, which came out lower than expected in April.

  4. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    May 2016 | Economics Watch Reports

    Springing forward to a temperate summer: Some rebound in the second quarter is expected, but there is little indication of a turnaround in business investment.

  5. Global Economic Outlook 2016: Sub-Saharan Africa: Climbing a Steeper Hill?

    May 2016 | Key Business Issues

    As sub-Saharan Africa’s growth pains continue in the coming decade, businesses must adopt a range of strategies to succeed across different groups of economies (undiversified, agricultural, frontier, and fragile) in the region.

  6. ICT Prices and ICT Services: What do they tell us about productivity and technology?

    May 2016 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    This paper reassesses the link between ICT prices, technology, and productivity. The currently available information on ICT asset prices and ICT services is put under a microscope, and official prices are found to substantially understate actual ICT price declines.

  7. Navigating the Digital Economy: Capturing the Benefits from Increased Flexibility and Cost Reductions – CFO Implications

    May 2016 | Key Business Issues

    The New Digital Economy has potential to significantly impact cost and revenue models. Revisiting these models and understanding the dynamics of this new context are a priority for financial executives.

  8. Navigating the Digital Economy: Managing Demand and Supply for Digital Jobs and Developing a Tech-Savvy Workforce – CHRO Implications

    May 2016 | Key Business Issues

    The rise of the New Digital Economy is reshaping global labor markets. It offers opportunities, but also challenges in adjusting to labor shortages and changing demands for digital workers.

  9. Navigating the Digital Economy: Driving Digital Growth and Productivity from Installation to Deployment – CEO and CSO Implications

    May 2016 | Key Business Issues

    Despite massive investments, digitization hasn’t recharged the economy. In the future, will we see small innovations and more slow growth—or a transformation that drives explosive growth?

  10. Navigating the New Digital Economy: Driving Digital Growth and Productivity from Installation to Deployment

    May 2016 | Key Business Issues

    Our latest research examines the conundrum of the New Digital Economy: the economy is digitizing at an unprecedented pace, but so far hasn’t produced faster economic growth or productivity.