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Productivity, Competitiveness, and Growth

How and why economic output is changing for industries, sectors, and regions.

Labor Markets

The changing nature of work and its impact on companies, workers, wages, and well-being.

Financial Markets

Understanding how the global flow of money continues to evolve.

Urbanization and infrastructure

The built environment and its impact on people, businesses, and places.

Technology and Innovation

The role new tech plays in driving growth, shaping the economy, and affecting society.

Natural Resources

Examining climate change risk, natural capital, and commodity market trends.

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Forward Thinking on trade, vaccines, and sustainable and inclusive growth with WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

– The World Trade Organization’s first African—and first female—director-general reflects on the impact of the... pandemic on trade, the imperative to ensure that vaccines reach Africa and other emerging economies, and how to ensure that trade is more inclusive in the years ahead.
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Forward Thinking on democratizing technology with Anne-Marie Imafidon

– “Having a computer science degree should not be a prerequisite for being one of the only people in control of what happens... next. It’s about democratizing. It’s about giving folks agency so we can make collective decisions about what happens next rather than it being that technical power race. I don’t know if we can call it race to the—I’m going to call it the bottom, race to the dystopia.”
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Securing Europe’s future beyond energy: Addressing its corporate and technology gap

– European leaders have shown great resolve in their initial response at scale and speed to the war in Ukraine. They will need to... build the same momentum to face the region’s slow-motion corporate and technology crisis. An estimated €2 trillion to €4 trillion of annual value could be at stake—six times the amount needed for the net-zero transition—and with it Europe’s long-term prosperity and strategic autonomy. A program of 11 actions can turn the tide.
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Forward Thinking on the growing role of business in the net-zero transition with Claire O’Neill

– The former British politician who led the United Kingdom’s winning bid to host COP26 is now focused on coordinating an effective... business contribution to the net-zero transition. She sees momentum building. “CEOs left COP saying, ‘We get it. Net zero is the thing we have to do.’”
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Forward Thinking on tech and the unpredictability of prediction with Benedict Evans

– One of the tech world’s sharpest analysts talks about the frontier and how we got here, connecting the metaverse, Web3,... and crypto with everyone from industrialist Henry Ford to writer Voltaire to historian Hugh Trevor-Roper.
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The rising toll of the war in Ukraine

– Lives lost and upended. Soaring food and energy prices. Supply chains at risk. Much is at stake as the war continues.
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Taking the first steps toward net-zero emissions

– The path to net-zero emissions is full of challenges. Leadership must understand the risks and commit to change now—or face... an even thornier transition down the road.
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Forward Thinking on sustainable and inclusive growth with Ron O’Hanley

– A leading US financier discusses the route to carbon neutrality, what the pandemic taught us about resiliency, and the true meaning... of stakeholder capitalism.
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Forward Thinking on pandemic paradoxes, labor market myths, and ‘cowboy capitalism’ with David Autor

– A leading US economist talks about what has changed in the pandemic, the rise of China, the globalization of trade, and spreading... automation.
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Forward Thinking on the transformative role of intangible assets in companies and economies with Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake

– “William Blake talked about the dark Satanic mills, these inhuman pieces of tangible capital. Intangible capital is in some... ways about what makes us human. It’s about ideas, and it’s about relationships. It’s about expressiveness. Some people may ask whether we should be making that the basis of the economy. But we would argue that this is actually making those things that matter to us as humans more central to our thriving.”
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Forward Thinking on globalization and the evolving role of corporate leadership in the 21st century with Matthew Slaughter

– A leading economist and business school dean reflects on globalization, concluding that “we’ve learned people want... to know policies will matter for them”, and that “a lot of us underestimated the possible magnitude of distribution pressures from freer trade and immigration and flows of capital.”
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