Joint OECD-World Bank Conference on Innovation and Sustainable Growth in a Globalised World: Programme and Presentations



Last update: November 28, 2008


Venue: Room C, OECD Conference Centre
Date: 18-19 November 2008


Day 1, Tuesday 18 November / Day 2, Wednesday 19 November



Day 1, Tuesday 18 November


9:00 a.m.  Opening Remarks

9:30 – 11:00  Session I - Innovation, Competition and Growth

Moderator: Jean-Philippe Cotis, Director-General, National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE), France

  • address: Peter Howitt, Lyn Crost Professor of Social Sciences, Brown University, United States

    Drawing on the latest literature on the effects of competition on innovation and productivity, Professor Howitt’s presentation focuses on the overarching theme of Innovation and Sustainable Growth by introducing new theory and some new empirical evidence. The presentation illustrates how the Schumpeterian model departs from the neoclassical model and offers policy makers alternative perspectives on how to leverage innovation for sustainable growth.  It also discusses the policy implications of this line of research for emerging market countries that are trying to catch-up with richer ones.

  • Discussant: Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel, OECD Chief Economist and Head of Economics Department - Read his Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel.
  • Discussant: Jeffrey D. Lewis, Senior Advisor, Office of Vice President & PREM (Poverty Reduction Economic Management Network), The World Bank

11:00 – 11:15  Coffee break


11:15 – 12:45   Session II - Innovation and technology diffusion in developing countries

Over the past few decades, the rapid pace of globalisation and fragmentation of production have led to new developments in technological innovation and technology diffusion and absorption. These developments have influenced the trends and global coverage of technological innovation. This session will include presentations, mainly drawing on the recent work of the OECD on the globalisation of innovation, as well the findings of the recent World Bank Global Economic Prospects 2008 on the diffusion and absorption of key technologies in developing countries.

Moderator: Carlos A. Primo Braga, Director, Economic Policy and Debt Department, PREM Network, The World Bank

12:45 Photo Opportunity

Moderators, Speakers and Discussants were invited to take part in a group photo in the main hall of the Château de la Muette.

12:45 – 2:30   Buffet Lunch

George Marshall Room, Château

2:30 – 4:00  Session III - Innovation strategies in OECD and catch up countries: a comparative perspective

Policies to foster innovation cannot be based on a “one-size-fits-all” model. Country-specific factors, including institutional and social factors, affect the scope for policy action in specific contexts and countries. For example, social factors such as inequality, lack of social cohesion as well as regional differences, may seriously affect the potential of developing economies to harness innovation. This implies that policies to foster innovation in developing countries need to be designed with a good understanding of the institutional and social context. The session will include presentations on lessons learned from a number of recent reviews across high-income as well as middle-income countries.

Moderator: Andrew Wyckoff, Deputy Director, Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (STI), OECD

4:00 – 4:15  Coffee break


4:15 – 6:00  Session IV - Evolution of the ICT sector and its contribution to growth in the OECD and developing countries

This session focuses on recent developments in the area of access to communication networks in developed and developing economies, and the role of policy and regulatory reform in promoting innovation driven by ICTs. Lessons from the experience of Africa will be drawn in relation to liberalisation and innovation, from Latin America in terms of market reforms and attracting foreign investment and in Asia in terms of the changes that broadband can bring for economic and social development.

Moderator: Jennifer Schenker, Correspondent, Business Week

6:00 – 8:00   Cocktail Reception

George Marshall Room, Château



Day 2, Wednesday 19 November

9:00 – 10:45  Session V - Market reforms and economic growth

Casting a net wider than innovation per se, this session draws on studies on the link between structural reforms and growth in advanced countries including the OECD’s Going for Growth project as well as on the recent and upcoming studies of middle income countries such as South AfricaIndia, etc. The World Bank draws on the work of the Growth Commission (, supplemented by more work on the contribution of innovation to growth.

Moderator: Jorgen Elmeskov, Director of Policy Studies Branch, OECD Economics Department

10:45 – 11:00  Coffee break

11:00 – 12:40  Roundtable

What have we learnt? What are some important areas for future research to improve our understanding of how innovation can propel faster growth in developed and developing countries? Are the lessons from middle income countries relevant for low income countries? What is needed to ensure complementarities in the work of international organisations as these bring innovation to the centre stage of growth and sustainable development policy?

Moderator: H.E. Chris Hoornaert, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the OECD

12:40 – 1:00  Concluding remarks

  • Danny M. Leipziger, Vice President & Head of Network for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM), The World Bank
  • Pier Carlo Padoan, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD


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