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Simon Baptist on “Momentum and Menace: Opportunities and Challenges in the Global Economy”

Villanova is incredibly fortunate to welcome Mr. Simon Baptist, Global Chief Economist of the Economist Intelligence Unit, who will give a talk on “Momentum and Menace: Opportunities and Challenges in the Global Economy” (Baptist & Hepburn, 2013). Mr. Baptist’s background and scholarship position him to offer fresh insights and understandings at a time when long standing trade regimes, international cooperation and growth dynamics in emerging markets are being challenged. As Global Chief Economist for the Economist Intelligence Unit, Mr. Baptist leads a global business intelligence firm offering consultancy and subscription services. Falvey Memorial Library subscribes to EIU Country Reports, Country Commerce Reports and Market Indicators and Forecasts.

Mr. Baptist’s acumen is sought by journalists covering the looming trade war between the U.S. and China, projected economic growth in emerging markets, the Eurozone recovery, BREXIT, and energy markets to name just a few. His scholarly research probes the interactions between inputs, productivity and efficiency on the firm and national level, especially in emerging markets. For a deep dive into his work see the articles below.

Don’t miss his talk his talk on Friday, May 4th 2018 in Bartley Hall Room 1011 from 1:30-3:00. RSVP to

Baptist, S., & Hepburn, C. (2013). “Intermediate inputs and economic productivity.” Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A, 371(1986), 20110565.

Baptist, S. J. (2008). “Technology, human capital and efficiency in manufacturing firms“(Ph.D.). University of Oxford. Retrieved from

Baptist, S., & Teal, F. (2014). “Technology and Productivity in African Manufacturing Firms.” World Development, 64, 713–725.

Baptist, S., & Teal, F. (2015). “Why Do South Korean Firms Produce so Much More Output Per Worker than Ghanaian Ones?” (SSRN Scholarly Paper No. ID 2655106). Rochester, NY: Social Science Research Network. Retrieved from

Malik, A. & Baptist, S.(2014) “The Performance of Nigerian Manufacturing Firms.” Retrieved from

Ward, J., Hepburn, C., Anthoff, D., Baptist, S., Gradwell, P., Hope, C., & Krahé, M. (2012). “Self-interested Low-carbon Growth in Brazil, China, and India.” Global Journal of Emerging Market Economies, 4(3), 291–318.

Article by Linda Hauck, Business Librarian.



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