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Inaugural Prais Lecture on Productivity: How not to miss the productivity revival once again

Event date
Monday, 4 November, 2019
Event time
17:30 to 18:30
Event place
National Institute of Economic and Social Research
Event Type
Offline Event
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You can download Bart van Ark’s lecture slides here

Plus, you can watch a video of the Lecture here

Part of the Festival of Social Science 2019 at NIESR

This annual lecture series is to be held in honour of renown economist Professor Sig Prais, who was a colleague, friend and champion of the Institute for over 60 years. While Professor Prais is no longer with us, we hope that through these lectures his energy, intelligence and commitment to policy-related research will remain part of the Institute for many years to come. 

For this inaugural lecture, Bart van Ark will explore the sources of long productivity slowdowns, including that of the past decade, with a special look at the importance of education and skills in the workplace. He will discuss how productivity has typically revived after previous episodes of slow growth, and address the prospects for a recovery in today’s economic, demographic, technological and political context.

Bart van Ark is Chief Economist  at The Conference Board, New York, and Professor of Economic Development, Technological Change and Growth, University of Groningen. He was a Research Associate at NIESR between1988 and 1990 

Where: NIESR, 2 Dean Trench Street, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HE


When: 4 November 2019 

17.30 to 18.30 followed by a drinks reception.


Registration: The event is free but places are limited. Please RSVP at foss [at] niesr.ac.uk to secure a place.


Please note: Due to the nature of NIESR’s Grade II listed building, we are unable to provide step-free access to our facilities and the Library is not currently accessible to wheelchair users, or those with limited mobility. We apologise for the inconvenience. Please do let us know in advance how we can assist your visit to the Institute – we are happy to discuss alternative arrangement in order to access our events.