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Mariana Mazzucato

Mariana Mazzucato

Writing for PS since 2015
69 commentaries
2 videos & podcasts

Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London, is Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose and a co-chair of the Global Commission on the Economics of Water. She was Chair of the World Health Organization’s Council on the Economics of Health For All. She is the author of The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy (Penguin Books, 2019), Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism (Penguin Books, 2022), and, most recently, The Big Con: How the Consulting Industry Weakens Our Businesses, Infantilizes Our Governments and Warps Our Economies (Penguin Press, 2023). A tenth anniversary edition of her book The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths was published by Penguin in September.

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  1. Economic Shortsightedness Is Jeopardizing Italy’s G7 Ambitions
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    Economic Shortsightedness Is Jeopardizing Italy’s G7 Ambitions

    Jun 10, 2024 Mariana Mazzucato & Giovanni Tagliani urge Giorgia Meloni’s government not to squander the country’s valuable legacy of public enterprise.

  2. The Economics of Health for All
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    The Economics of Health for All

    May 28, 2024 Mariana Mazzucato explains why pandemic prevention and preparedness must be embedded in economic policymaking.

  3. What Mission-Driven Government Means
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    What Mission-Driven Government Means

    May 7, 2024 Mariana Mazzucato & Rainer Kattel correct common misconceptions about a particular form of state participation in the economy.

  4. Central Banks in a Cashless World
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    Central Banks in a Cashless World

    Apr 26, 2024 Mariana Mazzucato & David Eaves explain why policymakers should become more involved in shaping or creating digital-payments infrastructure.

  5. Governments Must Shape AI’s Future
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    Governments Must Shape AI’s Future

    Apr 12, 2024 Mariana Mazzucato & Fausto Gernone urge policymakers to see themselves as proactive participants in technological innovation and market-making.

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    The Way Forward for Ukraine’s Economy

    Joseph E. Stiglitz & Andrew Kosenko

    With sufficient assistance from the West, Ukraine will prevail over its much larger and richer authoritarian neighbor. But to enjoy the fruits of victory, it will have to move faster in its transition from a post-communist oligarchy, while being careful to resist the siren call of free-market fundamentalism.

    offer a roadmap for guiding the country's recovery and reconstruction during and after the war.
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    Rich Countries Must Meet Their Biodiversity Financing Pledges

    Mary Robinson urges international policymakers to use the upcoming COP16 summit to close the nature-finance gap.
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    Inequality Spurs Democratic Backsliding

    Susan Stokes shows that countries with fairer economies are less likely to succumb to authoritarian populism.
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    Bracing for a More Inflationary World

    Raghuram G. Rajan thinks central banks will remain under pressure to maintain tighter policies over the medium term.
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    The Irrationality of EU Tariffs on Chinese EVs

    Daniel Gros argues that Europe should be both subsidizing its own green industries and welcoming low-cost green imports.
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    Do We Need a Plaza Accord 2.0?

    Koichi Hamada thinks that policymakers should instead focus on the benefits provided by a flexible exchange-rate regime.
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    The False Distinction Between Industrial and Economic Policy

    Célestin Monga explains why differentiating between “vertical” and “horizontal” government intervention does not hold water.
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    Don’t Be Fooled by China’s Third Plenum

    Stephen S. Roach reminds Western observers that the Chinese government's real priorities are very different from their own.
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    What the New Left Needs

    Dani Rodrik sketches a worker-focused economic program that can take the wind out of right-wing populists' sails.

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