Mr. Alistair Nolan

Alistair Nolan is a Senior Policy Analyst in the OECD’s Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation. For the past two years Mr.Nolan has managed OECD work examining the impacts of new technologies on production, leading to the 2017 book The Next Production Revolution: Implications for Governments and Business. He is currently working on various aspects of public policy towards Artificial Intelligence. Other recent work he managed has examined the role of intangible assets in innovation and growth, leading to the book Supporting Investment in Knowledge Capital, Growth and Innovation. For a number of years he specialised in the assessment of all aspects of public policy towards entrepreneurship.

Mr. Alistair Nolan
Senior Policy Analyst, OECD

Mr. Nolan helped prepare the OECD’s 1998 flagship publication Fostering Entrepreneurship and edited two OECD books on business incubation. He is also the author of the 2003 OECD book Entrepreneurship and Local Economic Development, which reviews knowledge in the field of entrepreneurship and sets out detailed programme and policy guidance for central and local governments. Mr.Nolan also specialised in the evaluation of public policy, and is the editor and co-author of the 2005 OECD publication Evaluating Local Economic and Employment Development: How to Assess What Works in Programmes and Policy. For three years Mr. Nolan worked in the OECD’s Directorate for Education to develop a programme to objectively measure the generic skills of the working age populations in OECD countries (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies – PIAAC). PIAAC provides a unique data set with which to examine the relationships between the stock and distribution of adult skills and a broad range of economic, employment and social outcomes. Prior to joining the OECD Mr.Nolan worked for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), where he occupied a variety posts in research, policy and the design of technical co-operation.

Topic: The impacts of the fourth Industrial Revolution and implications for Vietnam

The next production revolution will occur because of a confluence of technologies. These range from a variety of digital technologies (e.g. 3D printing, the Internet of Things, advanced robotics) and new materials (e.g. bio- or nano-based), to new processes (e.g. data-driven production, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology). This paper examines the economic and policy ramifications of a set of technologies likely to be important for production over the near term (to around 2030). As these technologies transform production, they will have far-reaching consequences for productivity, employment, skills, income distribution, trade, well-being and the environment.  These technologies will create a range of significant policy challenges in developed and developing economies.

In this presentation Mr.Nolan will draw on a major recent OECD publication – The Next Production Revolution: Implications for Governments and Business – and reflect on what this transformation implies for policy in a country such as Vietnam.