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Mariana Mazzucato, PhD, is a professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London, where she is the founding director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose. She has written, edited, or co-authored numerous books, articles, and papers on policy, capitalism, economics, and innovation, including The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths and The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy. She advises policy makers worldwide and is currently a member of the South African Presidential Economic Advisory Council, the Scottish Government's Council of Economic Advisors; the UN's Committee for Development Policy, and the OECD's Secretary General's Advisory Group on a New Growth Narrative. She is also a Special Advisor to the Italian Prime Minister, and a Special Advisor for the EC Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation. She lives in London with her husband and four children.


I believe [her vision] can help to think about the future.
--Pope Francis, from an open letter to Judge Roberto Andres Gallardo, president of the Pan-American Committee of Men and Women Judges for Social Rights
Mazzucato has influenced the way American politicians speak about the state's potential as an economic engine.--New York Times
One of the world's most influential economists is on a mission to save capitalism from itself.--Quartz
She is as forthright in her opinions as she is eloquent in expressing them.--Financial Times
The world's scariest economist. . . . Mariana Mazzucato is a name to strike fear in the heart of anyone slightly shaky in their masculinity or grasp of the figures.--Times (UK)
Stimulating . . . [Mazzucato] unearths a plethora of intriguing case studies to back up her claims. Policy makers will want to take note.--Publishers Weekly
Mazzucato wants liberals to talk less about the redistribution of wealth and more about its creation. Politicians around the world are listening.--New York Times

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