NUS Business School, Singapore (September 3-4, 2018)

Automation is sweeping across all fields of economic activity and on a global scale. As automated technical solutions take over tasks previously performed by human labour, the skill requirements for the remaining labour force increase. As a result, high-skill labour is scarce and trades at a premium, which exposes companies to unprecedented governance and risk management challenges. Is automation introduced too early or too late? Are the transformation and labour displacement rate excessive, possibly to the detriment of more traditional productivity-enhancing alternatives? How do the equilibrium distribution of wages and labour turnover feedback into the companies’ governance structures? What is the role of financial asset management and capital structure decisions in the emerging era of disruptive technologies? Finally, can structural labour market reforms and active innovation policies support the transformation process and help consolidate productivity gains?

To explore questions in these emerging areas of academic and policy research, PRN is organising its third technical workshop next September 3-4, 2018 at the NUS Business School in Singapore. The workshop – cosponsored by the Centre for Asset Management Research & Investments (CAMRI), the Centre for Governance, Institutions & Organisations (CGIO), the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and the Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research (ABFER) – is intended to allow regional researchers to learn about existing applied work focusing particularly on the Asia-Pacific region and generate research spill-overs and potential collaborations. The workshop is expected to provide an opportunity to discuss how the Productivity Research Network (PRN) can provide an impetus for enhancing data collection within the region, aimed at allowing the development of solid research and policy analyses.

Associate Professor Kalina MANOVA, University College London will be holding a key-note address.

The organising committee invites selected researchers to submit papers for presentation to the 3-4 September, 2018 Workshop in Singapore. The papers can be either theoretical or empirically based on firm level data, and address one or more of the following topics. Empirical works using the cross-country (Asia/Pacific) PRN firm-level based dataset will be given priority:

  1. Cross-country comparable productivity measures and methodologies
  2. Technological drivers of productivity growth
  3. The link between productivity and employment at the firm level
  4. Dispersion of labour costs across sectors
  5. The role of technology in the diffusion of ideas and adoption of productivity innovations
  6. The effects of technological transformation on global value chains
  7. Corporate governance, artificial intelligence (AI), and privacy issues
  8. Corporate governance and executive compensation in labour-intensive sectors
  9. Decentralisation decisions of firms
  10. Enabling technological transformation through financial risk management
  11. Capital structure decisions for start-ups and high-growth firms

The extended abstracts or papers should be submitted electronically in PDF to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(please indicate in the subject title PRN Workshop 3-4 September 2018) by 15 June 2018.

The organising committee is composed by:

  • Cristian BADARINZA (NUS)
  • Lawrence LOH (NUS)
  • Filippo di MAURO (NUS)
  • Peter MORGAN (ADBI-Tokyo)
  • Johan SULAEMAN (NUS)

The program of the Workshop will be circulated by the 30 June 2018. There will be only very limited financing available to attend the Workshop, and participants are expected to take care of their own travel and accommodation expenses. ABFER will host a dinner for the participants on 3 September 2018.