Book Launch: Innovation + Equality: How to Create a Future That Is More Star Trek Than Terminator


From: Monday November 18, 2019, 6:00 pm

To: Monday November 18, 2019, 7:00 pm

By Joshua Gans and Andrew Leigh, Foreword by Lawrence H. Summers, Published by MIT Press. 

Is economic inequality the price we pay for innovation? The amazing technological advances of the last two decades—in such areas as artificial intelligence, genetics, and materials—have benefited society collectively and rewarded innovators handsomely: we get cool smartphones and technology moguls become billionaires. This contributes to a growing wealth gap; in the United States; the wealth controlled by the top 0.1 percent of households equals that of the bottom ninety percent. Is this the inevitable cost of an innovation-driven economy? Joshua Gans and Andrew Leigh make the case that pursuing innovation does not mean giving up on equality—precisely the opposite. In this book, they outline ways that society can become both more entrepreneurial and more egalitarian.

The Authors

Andrew Leigh is a Member of the Australian House of Representatives, a former economics professor, and author of Battlers and Billionaires, Randomistas and other books.

Joshua Gans is Professor of Strategic Management and holds the Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. He is the author of The Disruption Dilemma, Prediction Machines, and other books.

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University of Melbourne, Melbourne Law School, GO8 Theatre

185 Pelham Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

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