Insights & Indicators: Positive Productivity Shock

By: Jason Thomas
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We strive to concisely and specifically provide macroeconomic insights in the context of the global investment environment. Our new series Insights & Indicators with Jason Thomas shares analysis from our Head of Global Research on timely economic indicators and observations based on our aggregated portfolio company data – in less than 20 minutes.

In the initial installment of this series, Jason Thomas helps to draw conclusions from recent U.S. government reports on employment, inflation, and productivity. Watch as Jason walks through the “positive productivity shock”:



Jason Thomas is the Head of Global Research at The Carlyle Group, focusing on economic and statistical analysis of Carlyle portfolio data, asset prices and broader trends in the global economy. He is based in Washington, DC. Mr. Thomas serves as Economic Adviser to the firm’s corporate Private Equity, Real Estate and Credit Investment Committees. His research helps to identify new investment opportunities, advance strategic initiatives and corporate development, and support Carlyle investors. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Thomas was Vice President, Research at the Private Equity Council. Prior to that, he served on the White House staff as Special Assistant to the President and Director for Policy Development at the National Economic Council. In this capacity, Mr. Thomas served as primary adviser to the President for public finance. Mr. Thomas received a BA from Claremont McKenna College and an MS and PhD in finance from George Washington University, where he studied as a Bank of America Foundation, Leo and Lillian Goodwin Foundation, and School of Business Fellow. Mr. Thomas has earned the chartered financial analyst designation and is a Financial Risk Manager certified by the Global Association of Risk Professionals.