The Entrepreneurial State

February 27, 2014 - 9:00 am

1030 15th Street, NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

In a world of accelerating technological change, the United States is seeking to maintain its competitive edge. Past US government-funded research and public private partnerships have been critical to the development of numerous key technologies, such as the Internet, that have powered tremendous US economic growth and technological prowess.  Yet government R&D funding is in long-term decline and the value of the role of government funding for such research is being questioned.

Mariana Mazzucato, author of The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths, will kick off this conference with an address on the significance of public private partnerships in fostering economic growth and advancing technologies.

Fellow panelists will explore the past and future roles of government, business, and the research community in fostering technological innovation and economic growth.

Please use the West Tower elevators when you arrive.

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9:00 - 9:05 a.m. | Introduction
Mathew Burrows, Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council

9:05 - 9:15 a.m. | Introductory Remarks
Thomas A. Kalil, Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation, Office of Science and Technology Policy, White House

9:15 - 9:35 a.m. | Keynote
Mariana Mazzucato, R.M. Phillips Professor in the Economics of Innovation, Science and Technology Policy Research Centre, University of Sussex (@MazzucatoM)

9:35 – 10:50 a.m. |  Looking Back: Role of the State in R&D, Innovation, and Economic Growth
Moderator: Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic;  Editor-at-Large, Quartz (@SCClemons)
Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research (@DeanBaker13)
Alan Wm. Wolff, Senior Counsel, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP; Cochair, US National Academies’ Innovation Policy Forum

10:50 – 11:00 a.m. | Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:15 p.m. | Looking Forward: Supporting Innovation to Meet Global Competition and Challenges
Moderator: Edward Luce, Washington Columnist and Commentator, Financial Times (@EdwardGLuce)
William B. Bonvillian, Director, MIT Washington Office
Ruth David, President and CEO, Analytic Services, Inc.
Mariana Mazzucato, R.M. Phillips Professor in the Economics of Innovation, Science and Technology Policy Research Centre, University of Sussex (@MazzucatoM)


Mariana Mazzucato is an economist and the Reginald M. Phillips professor in the economics of innovation in the Science and Technology Policy Research centre (SPRU), at the University of Sussex. Previously, she was at the Open University as professor in the economics of innovation, and before that at the London Business School and the University of Denver. She is a regular adviser to UK policymakers and the European Commission. She was most recently scientific coordinator of a three-year European Commission funded FP7 project on finance, innovation, and growth (FINNOV). The Entrepreneurial State was selected as one of the 2013 best books of the year by the Financial Times.