IFC Flagship Conference on Competition and Productivity: Fostering Private Sector Growth

January 23, 2023

IFC partnered with the World Bank Chief Economist Office for Latin America and the Caribbean for its 2023 Annual Flagship Conference, focused on competition and productivity. Top academics, policymakers and private sector representatives convened at IFC's Headquarters in Washington D.C. to showcase cutting edge research exploring the interplay between competition, innovation, and productivity to foster private sector growth. 

Recorded Sessions


Trends in competition: How rising markups and concentration impact productivity growth?

Dimensions & levels of competition: Local vs. global market competition for products & labor

Large Companies, Concentration & National Champions: Can market concentration help growth? Has the pandemic reinforced the dominance of large firms?

Mergers & Acquisitions: M&A’s role in efficiency gains & the impact of ‘killer acquisitions’ for innovation

Competition, Innovation & Productivity: When are firms discouraged from innovating?

Competition and Political Economy: Relationship between competition and political power

The Regulators’ Perspective: How antitrust regulations & competition policy affect productivity



  • Adriana D. Kugler, World Bank
  • Alfonso Garcia Mora, IFC
  • Alexander MacKay, Harvard
  • Ana Paula Cusolito, World Bank
  • Chad Syverson, Chicago Booth
  • Charl Jooste, World Bank
  • Ekaterina Vostroknutova, World Bank
  • Eric Parrado, IDB
  • Florian Ederer, Yale
  • Ioana Marinescu, University of Pennsylvania; Principal Economist at the U.S. Department of Justice
  • James Brand, Microsoft
  • James Sampi, World Bank
  • Jan De Loecker, KU Leuven
  • Jan Eeckhout, UPF Barcelona
  • John Haltiwanger, University of Maryland
  • Luigi Zingales, Chicago Booth
  • Luis Cabral, NYU Stern
  • Makhtar Diop, IFC
  • Marc Schiffbauer, World Bank
  • Mari Pangestu, World Bank
  • Martha Martínez Licetti, World Bank
  • Matteo Bugamelli, World Bank
  • Mitsuru Igami, Yale
  • Monika Mrazova, University of Geneva
  • Nancy Lee, Center for Global Development
  • Natalia Fabra, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • Niko Matouschek, Northwestern University
  • Philippe Aghion, INSEAD, London School of Economics, College de France
  • Rohit Chopra, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Steven Callander, Stanford
  • Susan Lund, IFC
  • Thomas Philippon, NYU Stern
  • Tommaso Valletti, Imperial College London
  • Tristan Reed, World Bank
  • William F. Maloney, World Bank