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Is Korea Following in Japan's Footsteps?

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(Live Webinar) Is Korea Following in Japan's Footsteps?

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | 12:30–1:30 PM (EDT)

Featuring:

Randall S. Jones

Professional Fellow, Center on Japanese Economy and Business (CJEB), Columbia Business School; Non-resident Fellow, Korea Economic Institute of America; Former Senior Counselor - East Asia and Head of Japan/Korea Desk, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

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David E. Weinstein

Director, CJEB; Carl S. Shoup Professor of the Japanese Economy, Columbia University

What you'll learn:

  • How Korea has been able to achieve rapid convergence to the income levels in Japan and other advanced countries
  • Why productivity in Korea lags well behind the highest-income countries, as in the case of Japan, contributing to unbalanced growth and income inequality
  • How rapid population aging is putting strong upward pressure on public social spending, creating fiscal challenges comparable to those in Japan

About the speaker:

Randall S. Jones is a professional fellow at the Center on Japanese Economy and Business at Columbia University and a non-resident fellow at the Korea Economic Institute. Previously, he served as the Senior Counsellor for East Asia and as Head of the Japan/Korea Desk at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris from 2002 until 2019. During his 30 years at the OECD, Dr. Jones wrote all 16 OECD Economic Surveys of Korea and 15 OECD Economic Surveys of Japan, in addition to a number of other publications. Before joining the OECD in 1989, he spent three years in the US government, serving at the Council of Economic Advisers and as an advisor in the State Department. Dr. Jones was also the vice-president of the Japan Economic Institute in Washington. Dr. Jones received a B.A. in Economics from Brigham Young University and a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1984. Dr. Jones was awarded the Decoration of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette from the Government of Japan in 2015 and the Sungnye Medal, Order of Diplomatic Service from the Government of Korea in 2018.

Cosponsored by:

Center on Japanese Economy and Business (CJEB), Columbia Business School

APEC Study Center (ASC), Columbia University

Outreach Partner:

The Korea Society

Admission and Contact:

This is a free event. You must register for the webinar to receive the login details. Registrants will receive a link to access the live webinar upon registration.

If you have questions about the event, please contact us at cjeb@gsb.columbia.edu.

For more information about other CJEB events, visit our website or contact cjeb@gsb.columbia.edu.

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