Professor Mariana Mazzucato

Professor Mariana Mazzucato

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Professor, Economics of Innovation

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Mariana focuses on connections between growth, industrial economics, finance and innovation. In her widely-acclaimed books The Entrepreneurial State, The Value of Everything, and Mission Economy, she examines the relationships between innovation and the public and private sectors, the nature of value in modern economics and the conflcit between value-creation and value-extraction, and how governments and businesses can create economies fit to tackle the big challenges of society and build a better world.


Professor Mariana Mazzucato is an economist and is the Director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at UCL. She has also held positions in the US and Italy and advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led, ‘smart’ growth. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Economics of Innovation, a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors and a permanent member of the EC’s group on Innovation for Growth (RISE).

Mariana's work looks at the relationship between financial markets, innovation and economic growth: how different types of finance produce different kinds of innovation, at both organisational and international level. Her research finds that, across the globe, it is often the public sector that’s most willing to fund high risk capital-intensive innovations, from the internet to clean technology. Whether DARPA and ARPA-E in the USA, or the Chinese Development Bank or BNDES in Brazil, public sector funding has done much more than 'fix' market failures; it has provided the courageous mission-oriented investment that allows new technologies and sectors to emerge.

Mariana’s book, The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths, argues against the conventional wisdom that private entrepreneurship is the solution to problems concerning growth. It focuses on the need to develop new frameworks to understand the role of the state within economic growth, and how to ensure that rewards from investment are shared, along with the risks. Her follow-up title, The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy considers how we've come to a point where value-extraction is more important than value-creation, and how redefining value, and capitalism itself, is fundamental to a healthy society. In Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism Mariana further explores the current economic and political orthodoxy, why it seems to have so few (or such insufficient) answers to the big problems such as inequality, disease and climate change, and how governments and businesses can rediscover their sense purpose in the world.

Mariana is the winner of the New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy, and is one of the New Republic’s Three Most Important Thinkers on Innovation. She also appears regularly in the broadcast and print media commenting on the interplay of state, regulators, business and society in the economic system.



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Book written by Professor Mariana Mazzucato
Book written by Professor Mariana Mazzucato
Book written by Professor Mariana Mazzucato