RIETI Special BBL Seminar

Japan's New Growth Strategy and the World Economy


Japan's economic policy has been very successful in establishing and maintaining the international competitiveness of manufacturing. However, this sector comprises only about 20% of the Japanese economy.The focus of Japan's growth strategy should include trade and services, sectors where Japan's productivity performance has lagged for decades. This is the most important opportunity for reviving Japan's economic growth. The issue of service sector productivity is not unique to Japan, but underlies the slowdown in European economic growth, as revealed by the World KLEMS Initiative at Harvard University.

In this Special BBL Seminar, Professor Dale W. JORGENSON will discuss the topic of "Japan's New Growth Strategy and the World Economy."


  • Time and Date: 12:15-13:45, Monday, September 24, 2012
  • Venue: RIETI's seminar room (METI Annex 11th floor, 1121) (1-3-1, Kasumigaseki Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
  • Language: English
  • Admission: Free
  • Host: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)
  • Contact: RIETI, Ms. Taeko MATSUKURA or Ms. Miyoko KONNO (e-mail: conf-120924@rieti.go.jp )
    Tel: 03-3501-8398 / Fax: 03-3501-8416


  • Speaker: Dale W. JORGENSON (Samuel W. Morris University Professor, Harvard University)
  • Commentator & Moderator: KOBAYASHI Keiichiro (Senior Fellow, RIETI/ Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University/Research Director, Canon Institute for Global Studies/ Senior Fellow, The Tokyo Foundation)


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 economists under the age of 40 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 has written 246 articles on economics and is the author and editor of 32 books. He received a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1959. After teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, he joined the Harvard faculty in 1969.

*Agenda is subject to change.