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In this address, Michael Best argued that to understand how successful growth happens we need an economic framework that focuses on production, governance, and skills. He considered a number of case studies including America’s World War II industrial build-up, Germany’s post-war recovery, Greater Boston’s innovation system, Ireland’s tech-sector boom, and the rise of the Asian Tigers and China to illustrate his argument.


About the Speaker:

Michael H. Best is professor emeritus of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where he was co-director of the Centre for Industrial Competitiveness. He has held numerous academic fellowships and participated in development projects with the United Nations, the World Bank, and governments in more than twenty countries. He is the author of The New Competition: Institutions of Industrial Restructuring and The New Competitive Advantage: The Renewal of American Industry.