Title: The Global Digital Economy: risks and opportunities for the poorest countries, and the emerging role of China
Speaker: Dr. Stefan Dercon
Professor of Economic Policy，Blavatnik School of Government and the Economics Department，University of Oxford； Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies.
Moderator: Dr. Zheng Liang
Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University
Deputy Director, China Institute for Science and Technology Policy at Tsinghua University
Time: Wednesday, December 12th, 2018，14:00-16:00
Venue: Room302, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University
In this lecture, Stefan Dercon will discuss some of the emerging opportunities and risks of new technologies in the developing world, not least in the poorest settings in Asia and Africa, based on work by the Pathways for Prosperity Commission, and its recently published reports. Will job destruction through automation threaten trade and other economic opportunities for poorer countries? What new economic opportunities may emerge for these countries? What will be required from national and global economic governance? What will all this mean for poverty and the Sustainable Development Goals? How can countries including China help to ensure the opportunities outweigh the risks for these countries?
Stefan Dercon is professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Economics Department，University of Oxford. He is also Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies. Between 2011 and 2017, he was Chief Economist of the Department of International Development (DFID), the government department in charge with the UK’s aid policy and spending. Currently, he is the Academic Director of the Pathways to Prosperity Commission, which is investigating the changing role of technology in inclusive development. His research interests concern what keeps some people and countries poor: the failures of markets, governments and politics, mainly in Africa, and how to achieve change and better economic and political governance.