Mariana Mazzucato: The value of everything: rediscovering purpose in the economy
Date: 31 January 2019Join us for a talk with Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London, and author of The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths and The Value of Everything: making and taking in the global economy. This 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, she demonstrates 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.