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"The value of everything: rediscovering purpose in the economy" with Prof Mariana Mazzucato

This event is now fully booked but you can watch a live stream via the link above

This is a joint event with The Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School and the Blavatnik School of Government

The talk will argue that modern economic theory has led to the confusion between profits and rents, and hence the distinction between value creation and value extraction.

Using case studies - from Silicon Valley to the financial sector to big pharma, Professor Mariana Mazzucato, author of The Value of Everything: making and taking in the global economy, will demonstrate how the current rules of the system reward extractors over creators, and distort the measurements of growth and GDP. In the process, innovation suffers and inequality rises. To move to a different system - with growth that is more inclusive, sustainable and innovation-led - it is critical to rethink public value and public purpose in the economy.

Professor Karthik Rammana, Professor of Business & Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and Professor Eric Beinhocker, Executive Director of INET Oxford will respond to Professor Mazzucato.

About the speaker

Professor Mariana MazzucatoMariana Mazzucato (PhD) is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), and is Founder and Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP). She advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led inclusive growth, including a special advisory role to the EC.

She is winner of the 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy, the 2015 Hans-Matthöfer-Preis, and the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. She was named as one of the '3 most important thinkers about innovation' by the New Republic.  

Her highly-acclaimed book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths was on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times. Her new book The Value of Everything: making and taking in the global economy has been released and was shortlisted for this year’s Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year prize.

This event is part of a series:

Evolving economic thought

Re-thinking economics has never been more important. Climate change, technological change, equitable development and migration are among the many challenges the world is currently facing, and new paradigms of economic thought can help society respond effectively. An economic lens can help us understand, adapt and plan for the future. This lecture series presents ideas from leading-edg...

Event Details

31 January 2019 17:00 - 18:15

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Blavatnik School of Government

120 Walton St, Oxford OX2 6GG

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