Women in Economics Network: Rediscovering the link between public policy and the economics of innovation


From: Monday April 30, 2018, 5:30 pm

To: Monday April 30, 2018, 7:30 pm

Women in Economics Network: Rediscovering the link between public policy and the economics of innovation:  "The Value of Everything" book launch and panel discussion

Politicians always say they’re on the side of wealth creators. But who are Australia's real wealth creators, and does government do a good enough job of incentivising them? In a provocative new book, Marianna Mazzucato - last year's Leontief Prize winner and the inaugural Director of the Institute for Innovation Public Purpose at UCL - argues that today's economists and policy makers need a clearer understanding of the distinction between activities that genuinely add to the productive capacity of our economy and those that merely siphon off economic rents.


Mazzucato’s work touches on important questions for policy makers: how much do the innovations of big technology and drug companies rely on government-funded discoveries? What risks does outsourcing government services to the lowest bidder create and who bears them?


Joining us to celebrate the launch of this new title will be Innovation and Science Australia board member and Director and Dandolo partners, Bronte Adams and Marion Terrill of the Grattan Institute. Drawing on their collective expertise across the public and private sectors, our panel will explore the lessons from this book for innovation policy, government procurement, competition policy and financial market regulation. 


Marion Terrill

Marion is a leading policy analyst and former public servant who has also worked in the private sector. Her public policy experience ranges from authoring parts of the 2010 Henry Tax Review to leading the design and development of the MyGov account. She has provided expert analysis and advice on labour market policy for the Commonwealth Government, the Business Council of Australia and at the Australian National University. Currently a Program Director at the Grattan Institute, Marion is a respected thinker on infrastructure, transport and cities policy.

Dr Bronte Adams

Bronte is a Rhodes Scholar, former McKinsey & Co consultant, senior government executive, board director and the founder of a successful consulting business, Dandolo Partners. Bronte has over 20 years experience and national profile in telecommunications, technology, innovation and government policy in management, expert advisory and consulting roles. She has expertise across procurement, regulation, and infrastructure builds and has chaired and sat on numerous public and private sector entities. Bronte was awarded a Member of Order of Australia General Division for significant service to the community through executive roles in business, publishing, health and industry innovation, and cultural organisations in 2016. She currently serves as a board member for Innovation and Science Australia, The Victorian Education and Research Network and the Rhodes Trust Australia. 

Professor Anne-Laure Mention

Anne-Laure is the Director of the Global Business Innovation Enabling Capability Platform at RMIT, Melbourne, Australia. She is also a Professor at the School of Management at RMIT, Melbourne; a visiting professor at Université de Liège, Belgium and the Deputy Head of the Centre d’Evaluation de la Performance des Entreprises and a visiting professor at Tampere University of Technology, Finland. Her research interests revolve around open and collaborative innovation, innovation in business to business services, with a particular focus on financial industry and FinTech, technology management, and business venturing. Anne-Laure is also currently a founding editor of the Journal of Innovation Management, the Deputy Head of the ISPIM Advisory Board and a co-editor of a book series on Open Innovation.

This conversation will be moderated by Jess Young, Director at Deloitte Access Economics


Please join us for what will be a fascinating discussion of one of the most important debates in economics.


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