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Innovation and Inclusive Growth: how to transform global linkages and industrial policy for a new era

Hosted by the Institute of Global Affairs, the School of Public Policy and the Centre for Economic Policy Rese

Online public event


Paulo Bastos

Paulo Bastos

Senior Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank

Dalia Marin

Dalia Marin

Chair in International Economics, University of Munich and Non-Resident Fellow, Bruegel

James Zhan

James Zhan

Director of Investment and Enterprise, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Philippe Aghion

Philippe Aghion

Professor of Economics, LSE

Ricardo Hausmann

Ricardo Hausmann

Harvard Kennedy School


Riccardo Crescenzi

Riccardo Crescenzi

Professor of Economic Geography, LSE

The economic and public health challenges and policy responses created by Covid-19 have led to an acceleration of some key pre-existing trends, namely: geo-political fragmentation, the reorganisation of global value chains and the adoption of new technologies. These shifts have profound implications for patterns of economic growth and prosperity.  This webinar will discuss how policy makers can best leverage new opportunities (such as artificial intelligence, big data and working-from-home) to pursue sustainability and inclusivity through innovative solutions. The webinar will discuss how public policies can embrace an open and ‘global’ approach to the generation of innovation, growth and employment opportunities, such that internationalisation, foreign direct investment and global value chains can take centre stage in an inclusive recovery after the pandemic.

Philippe Aghion is a Professor of Economics at LSE. He is also a Professor at the College de France and a fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research focuses on the economics of growth.

Paulo Bastos is a Senior Economist with the Development Research Group of the World Bank in the Trade and International Integration Unit (DECTI). His research interests include drivers of firm upgrading and industrial development, links between globalization and technological change, and the distributional impacts of trade and FDI. He has published widely in scholarly journals such as the American Economic Review, Journal of International Economics and Journal of Development Economics. He was a core team member of the 2020 World Development Report on Trading for Development in the Age of Global Value Chains and is a Research Fellow of the CEPR International Trade and Regional Economics Program. 

Ricardo Hausmann is Director of the Growth Lab at Harvard's Center for International Development and the Rafik Hariri Professor of the Practice of International Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School. Previously, he served as the Director of the Center for International Development (2005-2019). He also teaches a capstone course on the MPAID program. Previously, he served as the first Chief Economist of the Inter-American Development Bank (1994-2000), where he created the Research Department.

Dalia Marin holds the Chair in International Economics at the University of Munich. She obtained her Habilitation in Economics from Vienna University of Economics in 1992; until 1994 she was Assistant Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna and Associate Professor at Humboldt University Berlin (1994-1998). She has been visiting professor at Harvard University, Stanford University, the Stern School of Business, New York University, International Monetary Fund, National Bureau of Economic Research, Mass., European University Institute, and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin.

James X. Zhan is senior director of investment and enterprise at UNCTAD. He is editor-in-chief of both UN World Investment Report and Transnational Corporations Journal.  He chairs the Governing Board of UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative.  He has provided policy advice to over 100 governments (including heads of states and cabinets) and parliaments. He led the formulation of a new generation of investment policies and the establishment of the World Investment Forum.  He is chief strategist for World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies. He has held several academic advisory positions, including Cambridge University, Columbia University, Cornell University and Oxford University.

Riccardo Crescenzi (@crescenzi_r) is Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also an Associate at the Centre for International Development (CID) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and is affiliated with the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) and the Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC) at LSE. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Taubman Centre, Harvard University. Until September 2014 he was Programme Director of the MSc in Local Economic Development.

Jintao Zhu (@leonardozjt) is the Student Leader in the Maryam Forum Co-Lab on Innovation and Inclusive Growth. He is a 4th year LSE BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) student from China.

This session is part of the LSE Conference on “One Year On: Lessons Learnt and ‘New Normals’ in a Post-COVID World “hosted  under the LSE Maryam Forum. This session is part of the LSE Conference on “One Year On: Lessons Learnt and ‘New Normals’ in a Post-COVID World “hosted  under the LSE Maryam Forum. Click here to view all conference sessions.

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