RIETI Special Seminar

Special Lecture by Professor Jorgenson, Harvard University: World KLEMS Initiative


In this RIETI Special Seminar, Professor Dale W. JORGENSON will discuss the World KLEMS Initiative.

The impact of investment in information technology has been a central focus of industry-level research on productivity and economic growth for at least a decade. Innovation has shifted to applications of information technology in IT-intensive service and trade industries. This requires the reorganization of businesses and upgrading of IT skills as well as vast investments in IT. The World KLEMS Initiative, launched at Harvard University last August, will provide data to analyze these new trends in economic growth for forty countries around the world, including Japan and other major Asian economies.


  • Time and Date: 12:15-13:45 (Registration desk and seminar room open at 12:00),
    Tuesday, July 26, 2011
  • Venue: RIETI's seminar room (METI Annex 11th floor, 1121) (1-3-1, Kasumigaseki Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
  • Language: Japanese / English (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Admission: Free
  • Host: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)
  • Contact: RIETI, Ms. MATSUKURA Taeko (e-mail: conf-110726@rieti.go.jp )
    Tel: 03-3501-8398 / Fax: 03-3501-8416


  • Speaker: Dale W. JORGENSON (Samuel W. Morris University Professor, Harvard University)
  • Commentator & Moderator: FUKAO Kyoji (Program Director and Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University)


Professor Dale W. Jorgenson's profile

Dale W. Jorgenson is the Samuel W. Morris University Professor at Harvard University. Professor Jorgenson has been honored with eight honorary doctorates and membership in the American Philosophical Society (1998), the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (1989), the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (1978), and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1969). He served as President of the American Economic Association in 2000.

Professor Jorgenson was a Founding Member of the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy of the National Research Council in 1991 and served as Chairman of the Board from 1998 to 2006. He also served as President of the Econometric Society in 1987. Professor Jorgenson received the prestigious John Bates Clark Medal of the American Economic Association in 1971. This Medal is awarded every two years to an economist under forty for excellence in economic research.

Professor Jorgenson has conducted groundbreaking research on information technology and economic growth, energy and the environment, tax policy and investment behavior, and applied econometrics. He is the author of 246 articles in economics and the author and editor of thirty-two books. He received a PhD in economics from Harvard in 1959. After teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, he joined the Harvard faculty in 1969.