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POID director John Van Reenen will speak at this year's IEF on "Saving the World through Investing in Knowledge".
Abstract: The world is in a funk. Slow average income growth over many years has caused many Western citizens to believe their economic prospects will be worse than their parents. Their anger has fed authoritarian movements that erode our liberal democracies from the inside, just as they are are threatened militarily from the outside.
Van Reenen will make the case for growth that is environmentally sustainable and socially equitable. I will develop and draw on new theories and data that reject declinism, and offer a way to craft a new Growth Plan. The centerpiece is long-term investing - in knowledge, people and infrastructure. To accomplish this, we will need radical changes in our institutions and politics built around a vision for a new society.
The talk will be based on his recently published book The Economics of Creative Destruction and a new book he is currently working on.
Find out more at International Festival of Economics.
Participants are expected to adhere to the Events Code of Conduct.
This event will take place Off Campus.