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Why Growth Theory Requires a Theory of the State Beyond Market Failures

Department of Economics public lecture

Government spending has a higher multiplier when that spending is 'directed' towards large missions. Whether this be putting 'a man on the moon' in the past, or tackling 'climate change' in the future, such missions require a strong intervention by government, beyond the usual justification tied to 'public goods' and 'externalities' (fixing market failures). The talk will consider the implications of mission oriented investments for understanding the role of the state in the economy, how to develop symbiotic (not parasitic) public-private partnerships, and how to judge the performance of state intervention beyond the crowding out-crowding framework.

Mariana Mazzucato is an economist, and holds the RM Phillips Chair in Science and Technology Policy at the University of Sussex (SPRU). Her work focuses on the relationship between financial markets, innovation, and economic growth, and is currently funded by the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET); the Ford Foundation and the European Commission. Her book T"he Entrepreneurial State: debunking private vs. public sector myths" (Anthem, June 2013) has been called 'heretical' by Forbes.


Professor Mariana Mazzucato | talks


Date and Time:

8 October 2013 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Hong Kong Theatre
LSE Clement House
99 Aldwych
020 7955 6043
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London School of Economics & Political Science
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