The digital transformation of economies and societies has been at the core of a major workshop held on the 24 of April at the OECD Conference Centre
The digital transformation of economies and societies is under way: digital technologies have become pervasive, automation is becoming widely deployed and artificial intelligence emerges as a new technological paradigm. But how does the digital transformation change industry structure, business models and affect performance? Which framework conditions enable firms to compete and thrive in global and digital markets? What does the digital transformation entail for jobs, skills, wage patterns and income distribution? How can policies facilitate the transformation of production while ensuring that the benefits accrue to companies of all sizes and citizens alike?
These are some of the questions that the workshop on “Going digital: the future of industry and jobs”, held on the 24 of April at the OECD Conference Centre, tried and address, by eliciting input from a number of key stakeholders, including academia, policy makers and international institutions.
One of the main aims of the workshop was in fact to gather feedback and guidance in relation to the OECD project “Going digital”, a cross-departments endeavour that OECD has engaged in for the biennium 2017-2018. These themes are crucial within the ISIGrowth research activities. Key-note speaker included Giovanni Dosi (Director of the Institute of Economics, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, and coordinator of the ISIGrowth project), Jim Bessen (Boston University, US), Stefano Firpo (Director, Italian Ministry of Economic Development) and Markus Heß (Deputy Director General, Industrial Policy Department, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy).
Check here the slides of some of the main speeches: