RIETI International Webinar

World Economies Surviving and Thriving through COVID-19 and beyond


How will the world change with the damage caused by the novel coronavirus? How are countries responding, and in what direction will globalization proceed in the future? Well-known researchers from the US, Europe, and Japan will deliberate and discuss this issue from their own unique perspectives.


  • Date: Monday, 31 August, 2020
  • Language: English
  • Host: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)


Opening Remarks

WATANABE Tetsuya (Vice President, RIETI)


"Social and Natural Factors in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Social learning, political leadership and population concentration"

YANO Makoto (Chairman, RIETI)

"Economics of the Coronavirus"

Dale W. JORGENSON (Samuel W. Morris University Professor, Harvard University)

"Covid, Globotics, Development, and the Future of Work"

Richard BALDWIN (Professor of International Economics, Graduate Institute, Geneva)

Panel Discussion


MORIKAWA Masayuki (President, RIETI)



  • Dale W. JORGENSON (Samuel W. Morris University Professor, Harvard University)

    Dale W. Jorgenson is the Samuel W. Morris University Professor at Harvard University. He has been honored with 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 has received honorary doctorates from nine universities, including Kansai University and Keio University in Japan. Professor Jorgenson received the prestigious John Bates Clark Medal of the American Economic Association in 1971. This Medal is awarded for excellence in economic research. He 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 more than 300 articles in economics and the author and editor of thirty-seven books. Professor Jorgenson's latest book, The World Economy: Growth or Stagnation, edited with Kyoji Fukao of Hitotsubashi University and Marcel Timmer of the University of Groningen, was published by the Cambridge University Press in 2016. This book presents industry-level data on productivity and economic growth for more than 40 countries.

  • Richard BALDWIN (Professor of International Economics, Graduate Institute, Geneva)

    Richard Baldwin is a Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva since 1991 and Editor-in-Chief of VoxEU.org since he founded it in 2007. Previously, he was President of CEPR in (2104-2018), a part-time Visiting Research Professor at the University of Oxford (2012-2015), Visiting Professor at the MIT Economics Department (Fall 2002-2003), and Associate Professor at Columbia Business School (1989-1991). He has served as a Managing Editor of Economic Policy (2000-2005). Before moving to Switzerland in 1991, he was a Senior Staff Economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisors in the Bush White House (1990-1991) following trade matters such as the Uruguay Round and NAFTA negotiations as well as numerous US-Japan trade conflicts. He has been an adviser and consultant to many international organizations and governments. He did his Ph.D. in Economics at MIT with Paul Krugman and has published a half dozen articles with him. Before that he earned an M.Sc. at LSE (1980-81), and a B.A. at UW-Madison (1976-1980). His most recent book is The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics and the Future of Work, has been translated into Japanese.