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workshop series
Fall2018 @ Paris
keynote and program

William Kerr

William Kerr is the Dimitri V. D’Arbeloff – MBA Class of 1955 Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Bill is the co-director of Harvard’s Managing the Future of Work initiative and the faculty chair of the Launching New Ventures program for executive education. He has received Harvard’s Distinction in Teaching award.

Bill focuses on how companies and economies explore new opportunities and generate growth. He considers the leadership and resources necessary to identify, launch and sustain dynamic and enduring organizations, and his recent work on Launching Global Ventures especially emphasized global opportunities. Bill is a recipient of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship.

Bill works with companies worldwide on the development of new ventures and transformations for profitable growth. He also advises governments about investments in the innovative capacities of their nations.

For more information, see his website here.

Philippe Aghion

Philippe Aghion is a Professor at the College de France and at the London School of Economics, and a fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research focuses on the economics of growth. With Peter Howitt, he pioneered the so-called Schumpeterian Growth paradigm which was subsequently used to analyze the design of growth policies and the role of the state in the growth process. Much of this work is summarized in their joint books Endogenous Growth Theory (MIT Press, 1998) and The Economics of Growth (MIT Press, 2009), in his book with Rachel Griffith on Competition and Growth (MIT Press, 2006), and in his survey “What Do We Learn from Schumpeterian Growth Theory” (joint with U. Akcigit and P. Howitt.) In 2001, Philippe Aghion received the Yrjo Jahnsson Award of the best European economist under age 45, and in 2009 he received the John Von Neumann Award.

For more information, see his website here.

CEPII-EPFL Workshop on “Migration, Innovation and Knowledge Economy” November 28, CEPII, Room 2.115



Sébastien Jean, Director, CEPII (TBC)


Keynote Lecture 1:

Chair: Sébastien Jean, Director, CEPII

Speaker: Philippe Aghion, PSE et College de France

10:30-11:00 Coffee break


Session 1: Migration and innovation

Chair: Lionel Ragot

Paper 1: Katharina Candel-Haug (Ifo Institute): “Immigrants’ Contribution to Innovativeness: Evidence from a Non-Selective Immigration Country

       Discussant:  Gabriele Pellegrino (EPFL)

Paper 2: Sari Pekkala Kerr (Wellesley College): “Immigrant Entrepreneurship in America: Evidence from Survey of Business Owners 2007 and 2012

       Discussant: Léa Marchal (Kiel Institute for the World Economy)

Paper 3: Francesco Lissoni (University of Bordeaux): “Free Movement of Inventors: Open-Border Policy and Innovation in Switzerland

       Discussant: Camilo Umana-Dajud (CEPII)

13:00-14:30 Lunch


Session 2: Migration, offshoring and productivity

Chair: Hillel Rapoport

Paper 1: William Olney (Williams College): “The Impact of Immigration on Firm-Level Offshoring

       Discussant: Charlotte Emlinger (CEPII)

Paper 2: Orefice Gianluca (CEPII): “International Competitiveness and Migration: Diversity, Networks or Knowledge Diffusion?

       Discussant: Stefanie Haller (University College Dublin)

Paper 3: Pierre-Luis Vèzina (King’s College): “Enemies of the People

       Discussant: Gianluca Santoni (CEPII)

16:30-17:00 Coffee break


Keynote Lecture 2:

Chair: Christophe Destais, Deputy Director, CEPII

Speaker: William Kerr, Harvard Business School