The future of our economy and societies in the age of technological disruption
Our societies and economies are going through an unprecedented era of technological change and innovation. How have economists caught up with these changes in their methods as well as in their analysis? How can and should we measure productivity gains, and is the GDP still the right tool? How should our economies and societies cope with increased automation and the shift from jobs to skills? How can and should we measure the competitiveness of the digital economy and the role of data-driven innovation?
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Hal R. Varian is the Chief Economist at Google. He started in May 2002 as a consultant and has been involved in many aspects of the company, including auction design, econometric analysis, finance, corporate strategy and public policy.
He is an emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He has also taught at MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Michigan and other universities around the world. He received his SB degree from MIT in 1969 and his MA in mathematics and Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley in 1973. Dr. Varian is a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the Econometric Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Professor Varian has published numerous papers in economic theory, industrial organisation, financial economics, econometrics and information economics. He was Co-Editor of the American Economic Review from 1987-1990 and wrote a monthly column for the New York Times from 2000 to 2007. He is the author of two major economics textbooks which have been translated into 22 languages and co-author of a bestselling book on business strategy, Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy.
Moderation: Daniela Stockmann is Professor of Digital Politics and Media at the Hertie School. Her current research focuses on trends towards digitalisation of societies across the globe and their challenges for policymakers and citizens. Her most recent research project, funded by a Starting Grant of the European Research Council, explores the impact of social media on citizen participation.