Global Megatrends: Implications for China and the World

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About the event:
The extraordinary progress in China over the past thirty years has been associated with globalization and accelerating technological change.  Connectivity has been associated with rising creativity and innovation. The speed, scale and complexity of this integration has far-reaching implications for the world economy and for China.

Ian Goldin will identify the drivers of global growth, showing why China and emerging markets are likely to continue to grow at high levels for the coming decades.  Rising life expectancy and declining fertility around the world has dramatic consequences for pensions, retirement, dependency and employment patterns.  Meanwhile, advances in artificial intelligence and robotics is transforming the nature of work and technological change in other areas is leading to dramatic changes in business and consumption.

Globalization spreads not only opportunities but also creates a new form of emergent systemic risks. Pandemics, cyberattacks, climate change and financial contagion are among the systemic risks increasing uncertainty. In the advanced economies, growing inequality and rising risk has been associated with growing extremism which threatens to reverse integration and globalisation.  Ian Goldin identifies future trends, identifying opportunities and strategies for China and other countries to seize the opportunities and mitigate the risks.  

Professor Goldin's talk will draw on his latest books, Age of Discovery: Navigating the Storms of Our Second Renaissance, published by Bloomsbury (and  in China by CITIC) and The Pursuit of Development: Economic Growth, Social Change and Ideas, published by Oxford University Press and The Butterfly Defect: Globalisation and Systemic Risk, published by Princeton University Press. More information can be found at

About the speaker:
Professor Ian Goldin was the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School from September 2006 to September 2016. He is currently Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development and the Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technological and Economic Change. He is a Senior Fellow at the Oxford Martin School and a Professorial Fellow at the University's Balliol College. 
Professor Goldin initiated and was Vice-Chair of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations. From 2003 to 2006 he was Vice President of the World Bank. From 1996 to 2001 he was Chief Executive and Managing Director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and served as an advisor to President Nelson Mandela.
2018-01-14 09:30:00
Tsinghua University Main Building Reception Hall
Tsinghua University PBCSF
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