Today, there appear to be few if any limits on how radical innovations can improve personal lives and the economies of entire industries and nations.
However, as Fredrik Erixon writes in The Innovation Illusion, there is a growing belief that Western economies have already stepped into the New Machine Age and that fast-and-furious innovation will destroy jobs on a mass scale.
You are invited to hear how factors such as aging populations, labor shortages, as well as updated education and training will influence how new technologies are adapted by businesses now, and for the future.
Director & Co-Founder
European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE)
Fredrik Erixon is a Director and co-founder of the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE), a world-economy think tank based in Brussels, and runs its Five Freedoms Project on renewing European cooperation.
Since 2006, Fredrik has spearheaded the development of the institute to become one of world’s leading research-based policy institutes in the field of international economics and economic policy. Fredrik is the author of several books and studies, including Europe in Emerging Asia (Rowman Littlefield, 2015) and The Innovation Illusion (Yale University Press, 2016). Fredrik was the convener of the Transatlantic Task Force on Trade and Investment that spearheaded the launch of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement, and is the author of ten papers and books about the transatlantic economy, including Transatlantic Free Trade: An Agenda for Jobs, Growth and Global Trade Leadership.
Fredrik has advised several governments and international organizations and is a frequent lecturer at conferences. Prior to starting ECIPE, he was an Adviser to the British government and the Chief Economist of Timbro, a Swedish think tank. Fredrik began his career as an economist in the Prime Minister’s Office in Sweden, and later worked as an economist at the World Bank and for JP Morgan as an emerging market analyst. Fredrik was educated at the University of Oxford, London School of Economics and Uppsala University.