Nobel Perspectives Live!

Curious which skills will be needed in the future? How AI will affect the labor market, or how to tackle climate change? This event series will cut through the media noise, give you an outlook on the ever changing environment, and how to be optimistic about the future.

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The Nobel Perspectives program teams up with Nobel Laureates in Economics to share their prize-winning work and insights, and give a glimpse into their lives outside work. From Singapore, Shanghai, New York, London, Hong Kong and Taipei the event tour asks some of the brightest minds to tackle questions that are relevant to the world today.

At the first Nobel Perspectives Live! event in Hong Kong, Nobel Laureates Bengt Holmström, Robert Merton and Michael Spence discussed sustainability, encouraging innovation and new technologies. They also looked at the particular role of Hong Kong and its future role on the global stage. In Taipei, a full house listened to Robert Merton talk about how everyone can prepare for inevitable change.

How fast sustainability is going to move is in the hands of you. History shows that old people like us start to change when the young people are changing. It does matter, it may be the only thing that matters.

Bengt R. Holmström

If the world never changed, you could learn a skill and you were done. Prepare yourself for change. You don’t know where things are going to be, and no one does, so prepare yourself for when opportunity knocks. Come on robots, come on new ideas, I’m ready for you.

Robert C. Merton

Reducing the energy intensity of growth patterns – I think we understand that. The big opportunity in the emerging economies is much of the infrastructure and their energy efficiency are constructed at this crucial period of time. It’s not to do it right away but to do it properly.

Michael Spence

Highlights from Nobel Perspective Live! events

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Taipei

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At our Nobel Perspectives Live! event in Taipei, Robert Merton talked in front of 750 students about fintech, changing work environments and sustainable innovations.

Robert Merton, Nobel Laureate of Economic Sciences 1997 and an expert on financial economics, discussed with a full house about the need to innovate, preparing yourself for inevitable change and why Asia will be at the forefront of exciting developments. Learn more about our Taipei event and watch the highlights.

It’s not growth versus sustainability. It’s not profitability versus doing the right thing. Through innovation you can have both.

Robert C. Merton

London

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At our first European Nobel Perspectives Live! edition in London, Bengt Holmström, Finn Kydland, Sir Christopher Pissarides and Michael Spence tackled everything from what’s needed for a more sustainable planet to how technological advancements are changing labor markets.

Nothing was off the table, as the Nobel Laureates discussed who influences them, where to look for role models and the questions we need still answers for.

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Words of wisdom by Nobel Laureates

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Technology is an enabler certainly in the strive for a sustainable world. Every person matters in this game.

Bengt R. Holmström

The amount of inequality across nations is astounding. The differences often have to do with the institutions in those nations.

Finn E. Kydland

Economics has done more for human happiness and preservation of life than any other science or discipline.

Sir Christopher A. Pissarides

Robotics and 3D printing will surpass the Asian Growth Model in terms of overall cost and quality.

Michael Spence

New York

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At our first Nobel Perspectives Live! event in New York City, Thomas Sargent, Sir Angus Deaton, Oliver Hart and James Heckman took to the stage and discussed questions from students all over the world.

From social shifts, new technologies and global market trends, it was all covered at Nobel Perspectives Live! in New York City.

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Words of wisdom by Nobel Laureates

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You’ve got to be prepared to adapt and do something else. If you have a good attitude and are flexible, you’re going to learn new stuff.

Thomas J. Sargent

We want to design globalization better so that the potential of helping everyone actually turns into the reality of helping everyone.

Sir Angus S. Deaton

Make money. Everyone agrees on that. There’s only one problem with it. It’s not true in the kind of complicated world we live in.

Oliver S. Hart

Any policy we devise has to involve engagement. Society is coming apart and what we really want to do is bring it together.

James J. Heckman

Shanghai

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At our first Nobel Perspectives Live! event in Shanghai, Sir Christopher Pissarides, Eric Maskin and Lars Peter Hansen took to the stage and discussed questions from students all over the world.

From technology to the impacts of climate change, the future role of China on the global economy to your very own future - it was all covered at Nobel Perspec-tives Live! in Shanghai.

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In their own words

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The biggest distinction between humans and machines: creativity. We'll always need art. And good football teams.

Sir Christopher A. Pissarides

Climate change is not a problem that is going to to take care of itself.

Eric S. Maskin

I suspect some form of cryptocurrency is going to survive, playing a prominent role in transactions.

Lars Peter Hansen

Singapore

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In August 2017, Nobel Perspectives Live! premiered in Singapore at the Capitol Theatre. Four Nobel Laureates Roger Myerson, Peter Diamond, Michael Spence and Robert Merton took to the stage and discussed questions from students all over the world.

Catch the highlights and get the Nobel Laureates’ thoughts on the most hotly debated topics from the Singapore event, from automation to artificial intelligence, the future of the economy to education.

We’ve created a series of videos from the event. Catch the highlights and watch all the talks below.

In their own words

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Should we have a world currency? The central bank must be subject to political supervision - there’s a danger having one emperor in the world.

Roger B. Myerson

There will be less jobs that you can nail quickly, that have the potential to be your life jobs. Jobs will require adaptation.

Peter A. Diamond

The main beneficiaries of new technologies will be our youth, the people who will suffer are those whose jobs are replaced by machines. To counteract jobs being taken by robots, you need a sense of adventure, and be willing to take risks.

A. Michael Spence

Change is inevitable, technology is accelerating, but it’s what you do with your skills that makes the difference. And we need luck too, but people who work harder, and are better educated, often seem to be luckier. So if you prepare well, when you have a serendipitous event or some good luck, what do you do? You don’t let it go by, you seize it because you’re prepared for it.

Robert C. Merton

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