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Guest lecture

Productivity in a Changing World seminar series: Productivity in a Changing World: Challenges and Opportunities

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In this talk, Chad Syverson (University of Chicago Booth School of Business) will discuss the primary economic challenge of our time, the worldwide productivity slowdown. He will explore the factors that economic research suggests might help turn this tide. Additionally, our guest speaker will investigate patterns coming out of the COVID pandemic and assess what they could portend for future productivity growth.

About the presenter

Chad Syverson is the George C. Tiao Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He has been on the University of Chicago faculty since 2001.

His research spans several topics, with a particular focus on the interactions of firm structure, market structure, and productivity. Syverson has authored or coauthored dozens of scholarly articles and is the coauthor (with Austan Goolsbee and Steve Levitt) of intermediate-level textbook, Microeconomics. Syverson is a former editor of the Journal of Political Economy, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, has served on multiple National Academies committees, and currently sits on the Census Scientific Advisory Committee. He teaches classes in competitive strategy and industrial organization.

Material and video recording

Presenters' slides and a video recording of the presentation will be made available here within a few days of the presentation. A transcript and captions for the video may take longer to prepare.

Productivity in a Changing World seminar series

At Te Tai Ōhanga – The Treasury, we want to facilitate learning and debate on the important issues facing New Zealand. In 2023 and early 2024 the Treasury Guest Lectures are being organised under the theme: Productivity in a changing world.

This theme recognises that lifting our productivity performance continues to be central to improving New Zealanders’ wellbeing and that we are facing this challenge in the context of significant economic, social and environmental shifts. These shifts will require considerable changes in our economy if we are to sustain and improve our economic and productivity performance.

Last updated: 
Wednesday, 24 May 2023