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KE Lecture by Professor John Van Reenen – “Management and the Wealth of Nations”

Publishing Date: 17/02/2016      (Last Update: 17/02/2016)

The event was successfully held on March 3, 2016.

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Event Details

Time5:30pm - 7:30pm
VenueWang Gungwu Lecture Hall, Graduate House, HKU

HKU Faculty of Business and Economics and Institute for China and Global Development jointly present the Knowledge Exchange Lecture “Management and the Wealth of Nations” by Professor John Van Reenen from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

There are large differences in the wealth between nations, mostly related to different productivity levels. This is mirrored in vast differences in performance between firms. The talk will present evidence that management practices are critical to understand these differences using original survey data and experiments on many thousands of firms in 34 countries, including China. On average, eliminating the gap in management gap would close 30% of the productivity gap between nations.

Date:     March 3, 2016 (Thursday)
Time:     5:30pm – 6:00pm        Tea Reception
               6:00pm – 7:30pm        Lecture
Venue:  Wang Gungwu Theatre, Graduate House, The University of Hong Kong
Language: English

Enquires: / 3917 5800

About the Speaker: Since October 2003, Professor John Van Reenen has been Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and the Director of the Centre for Economic Performance, Europe’s leading applied economics research centre. In 2009 he was awarded the Yrjö Jahnsson Award. This is the European equivalent to the US Bates Clark Medal, awarded every two years to the best economist in Europe under the age of 45.  He has published widely on the economics of innovation, labour markets and productivity. He has been a senior policy advisor to the Secretary of State for Health, Downing Street and many international organisations. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford and Harvard, a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a Professor at University College London, a partner in Lexecon Ltd. (now CRAI) and Chief Technology Officer of a software start-up.

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