The New Statesman SPERI Prize Lecture: Mariana Mazzucato

The inaugural New Statesman SPERI Prize for Political Economy has been awarded to Mariana Mazzucato of the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex.

Mariana MazzucatoProfessor Mazzucato will deliver a lecture titled “Smart growth: an innovative way to tackle inequality” at the Emmanuel Centre in London at 6.30pm on Thursday 13 November.
The lecture is free but places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis – please register here.
Professor Mazzucato said: “I am honoured and delighted to receive the New Statesman SPERI prize, especially given the high calibre of the shortlist. I hope it will help focus attention on the urgent need to tackle rising inequality. This is not just about tax: we need to fundamentally rethink how we talk about wealth creation. Ignoring the key role of the state – or the tax payer – in wealth creation has, in my view, been a lead cause of inequality, allowing some (hyped up) actors to reap a rate of return way beyond their actual contribution. My Prize Lecture will focus on this dysfunctional dynamic – and what to do about it.”

More details about the prize and the shortlist can be found here.