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Technological change and productivity

Can technologies be as disruptive to models of production as earlier industrial revolutions?

15 February 2018

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2018 Productivity Hub Conference on Technological Change and Productivity at Te Papa in Wellington on 13 February 2018. 

We heard from the Minister of Finance, Hon Grant Robertson MP, and five international speakers: Dr Dirk Pilat, Professor Filippo di Mauro, Dr Abrie Swanepoel, Professor Patrick Dunleavy, and Professor Geoffrey Heal as well as local experts: Donna Purdue, Liz MacPherson, Ross Young, Judy Kavanagh, Dr Suzi Kerr, Paul Conway and Murray Sherwin.

The presentations are available to download below.

Programme

Welcome and setting the scene: Donna Purdue, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - read speech here

PART ONE: TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE AND FIRM PERFORMANCE

Keynote 1: Dr Dirk Pilat, OECD - view presentation here

Response: Paul Conway, New Zealand Productivity Commission - read speech here

PART TWO: THE GROWING POTENTIAL OF DATA

Panel Discussion: How can data help lift productivity performance? 

Liz MacPherson, Statistics New Zealand, Professor Filippo di Mauro, National University of Singapore, Dr Abrie Swanepoel, Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Ross Young, Google - view slides here

PART THREE: GROWING THE PRODUCTIVITY OF GOVERNMENT SERVICES

Keynote 2: Professor Patrick Dunleavy, London School of Economics - view presentation here

Response: Judy Kavanagh, New Zealand Productivity Commission - read speech here and view presentation here

PART FOUR: FINANCIAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL PREREQUISITES OF THE ENERGY TRANSITION

Keynote 3: Professor Geoffrey Heal, Columbia Business School - view presentation here

Response: Dr Suzi Kerr, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research - view presentation here

PART FIVE: THE FUTURE OF WORK: ADAPTABILITY, RESILIENCE, AND INCLUSION

Keynote 4: Hon Grant Robertson MP, Minister of Finance - read speech here and view slide here

Closing remarks: Murray Sherwin, New Zealand Productivity Commission

See the full conference programme and speaker biographies here.

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