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The Economics of Talent & Human Potential

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Talent matters for innovation and productivity, but it is often lost. When talented youth do not have opportunities to nurture their talent, a country’s innovation and growth can be hampered. Thus, identifying and nurturing talent—independent of their socioeconomic background—becomes not only a moral issue, but also crucial for growth. Based on recent research from several domains and countries, I will make a case for a national talent policy which focuses on identify and nurturing talent, while ensuring social mobility for all individuals to realize their human potential.

About the Speakers

Ruchir Agarwal is an economist at the IMF, where he has worked in several advanced economies, emerging markets, and frontier economies. He is the Head of the IMF Global Health & Pandemic Response Task Force, and the IMF lead on the Multilateral Leaders Task Force on COVID-19 jointly established by the IMF, WHO, World Bank, and WTO. His research interests are in the fields of macroeconomics, finance, innovation, and trade. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.

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