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Scientific paper

Fellowship Initiative 2018-2019 "From New Technology to Productivity"


Discussion Paper 113
Publication date
25 October 2019


The paper argues that new digital technologies have the potential to change economic interactions and that economists need new tools to analyse the supply side of the economy.

DG ECFIN's Fellowship Initiative 2018-2019 “The Productivity Challenge: Jobs and Incomes in the Dawning Era of Intelligent Robots” has solicited contributions examining current and possible future productivity developments in Europe. In view of possible hysteresis effects after the crisis and in the general context of ageing populations and globalisation, the aim has been to re-examine the ongoing trends and drivers and to identify policies to tap fully the potential for inclusive productivity growth. The fellowships have been awarded to prominent scholars in the field to interact with staff in ECFIN and other Commission colleagues, and to prepare final reports on specific research questions within this general topic.


Eric J. Bartelsman, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Information and identifiers

Discussion Paper 113. October 2019. Brussels. PDF. 34pp. Tab. Graph. Bibliogr. Free.

KC-BD-18-040-EN-N (online)
ISBN 978-92-79-77450-8 (online)
ISSN 2443-8022 (online)
doi:10.2765/31717 (online)

JEL Classification: D40, E31, L51


European Economy Discussion Papers are written by the staff of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, or by experts working in association with them, to inform discussion on economic policy and to stimulate debate. The views expressed in this document are solely those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of the European Commission.

From New Technology to Productivity


25 OCTOBER 2019
Fellowship Initiative 2018-2019 "From New Technology to Productivity"