Business School

Bateman Lecture

Future Productivity: Pessimistic and Optimistic Viewpoints

Productivity is among the most important determinants of wages and economic welfare. Measured productivity growth in most large economies has decreased to very low levels in the last decade. Some analysts have pointed to this development and the slowdown in Moore’s Law to reach pessimistic conclusion about future productivity growth. At the same time advances in biotech and artificial intelligence may lead to important advances in productivity and economic welfare. Prof. Hausman will consider both views and explain what he sees as the likely future of productivity.

About the Speaker

Jerry A. Hausman is the MacDonald Professor of Economics at MIT. Professor Hausman received a D.Phil. (Ph.D.) degree from Oxford University where he was a Marshall Scholar. He has been a faculty member at MIT for 43 years.

Professor Hausman received the John Bates Clark Award from the American Economics Association in 1985 for the most outstanding contributions to economics by an economist under 40 years of age. He also received the Frisch Medal from the Econometric Society and the Biennial Medal of the Modeling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand. In 2013 he was named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association.

Professor Hausman’s research concentrates on econometrics and applied microeconomics. His applied research has been in effects of taxation on the economy, telecommunications, regulation, and industrial organisation.

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Professor Jerry Hausman’s visit has been made possible from the generous support of BHP Billiton and the BHP Billiton Visiting Professor Program in UWA Business School.

Event Details

Date: Thursday 30 June 2016
Time: 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Venue: Wesfarmers Lecture Theatre, UWA Business School

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Note: Free parking is available after 5.00pm in any of the marked bays within the Business School.