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Date and Location

November 6, 2023
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Wexner 434ab + Zoom


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The Growth Lab's Research Seminar series is a weekly seminar that brings together researchers from across the academic spectrum who share an interest in growth and development. 

Speaker: Pierre-Alexandre Balland (Utrecht University & AI Toulouse Institute) 

Location: HYBRID Wex 434 AB, HKS (Harvard Community) / Zoom

Whether attending in person or virtually, please register in advance. 

In this hybrid seminar, Pierre-Alexandre Balland will review the growing use of economic complexity within different sections of the European Commission, EU member states, and EU regions. He will then highlight existing limitations and blindspots that the field seriously needs to address. Finally, Pierre-Alex will delve into new policy use cases that could benefit from a complexity angle in the near future. 

Paper Abstract:
Economic complexity offers a powerful paradigm to understand key societal issues and challenges of our time. By focusing on the underlying structure of the economy and systemic interactions it offers new insights on growth, technological change, regional evolution, or inequality. As a result, policy makers around the world are increasingly using economic complexity heuristics and metrics to guide their decisions. 

Speakers and Presenters

Pierre-Alexandre Balland is a French economist and one of Europe's leading experts on complex systems, the future of cities, artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies. He is a Professor at Utrecht University and previously held positions at MIT and UCLA.


Additional Organizers

​Growth Lab