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Innovation and productivity growth in the UK and Europe

  • Date(s)
    15 October 2014
  • Time
    08:45 AM - 12:20
  • Location
    Central London
Innovation and productivity growth in the UK and Europe
Policy Network and The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) are holding a London conference on productivity and innovation-led growth. The conference is hosted and sponsored by Google.

Europe faces two key challenges: low job growth and high unemployment on the one hand, and anaemic productivity on the other. Indeed, from the post-war period to the mid-1990s the EU was closing the productivity gap with the United States. Since 1995, that gap has widened steadily and shows no sign of narrowing. If Europe is going to catch back up it must consider the lessons from productivity growth in economies like the US: more ubiquitous adoption of information and communication technologies (ICTs) by all organisations (for profit, non-profit and government) through-out the European economy.
Key themes to be addressed:

1.    Understanding the links between productivity, innovation and growth
Why is productivity critical to the UK and Europe’s economic future? What factors account for Europe’s relatively poor productivity performance especially compared to the United States?

2.    Tackling the disruption associated with digitalisation
Is there really a trade-off between high rates of productivity growth and robust job growth? What can policy do to make sure that workers benefit from ICT-led productivity growth? How can productivity growth improve living standards across the economy?

3.    Towards a broader agenda for productivity?
Should Europe and the UK place a higher priority on growing productivity, particularly across-the-board productivity in all industries, rather than just in the ICT industry itself? What kinds of policy changes are needed?

Confirmed speakers include:

Rob Atkinson
, founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, US
Matt Brittin, vice-president, Northern and Central Europe, Google
Sherry Coutu, product strategist, entrepreneur, angel investor and non-exec board director
Julian David, CEO, tech UK
Jonathan Haskel, professor of economics, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College
Roger Liddle, chair, Policy Network and member of the House of Lords
Peter Mandelson, former EU trade commissioner, former UK first secretary of state and president of Policy Network
Anne Mettler, executive director, The Lisbon Council
Paul Tang, Dutch Labour MP and leader of the Dutch MEP group
Chuka Umunna, Labour MP and UK shadow secretary of state for business, innovation and skills
Kitty Ussher, managing director, Tooley Street Research

This event is hosted in partnership with Google and The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation.


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