Innovation, Equity & The Future of Prosperity
How can innovation be beneficial to all?
Innovation can promote economic growth and social and cultural well-being. However, innovation is often conceived and implemented in a way that leads to unequal distribution of its benefits. This program takes a multidisciplinary and cross-national look at how, why, and when the benefits of innovation aren’t always broadly shared.
The benefits of innovation tend to be concentrated in a limited number of industries, regions and hands. Innovation that exacerbates – rather than reduces – inequality can undermine public support for science and innovation and contribute to broader political alienation.
The program examines how the policies used to generate and diffuse innovation affect the distribution of opportunities and outcomes in society. It also looks at which institutions and other factors facilitate or impede the development and implementation of distribution-sensitive innovation policies, programs and practices.
The program will develop knowledge that can be used to design and implement innovation policies, programs and practices that support equitable economic growth and fair distribution around the globe.
Fellows & Advisors
CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars
Briefing to Government of Canada’s Deputy Ministers Committees
Policy levers to promote an innovation-based economy, and their distributive consequencesJuly 05, 2021
Inclusive Innovation: COVID and After
How can government policies encourage innovation economies that are more inclusive?February 17, 2021
A bigger, tastier, more equitable economic pie is possible
Co-directors of CIFAR’s Innovation, Equity & the Future of Prosperity program discuss the economic pie and why we need...September 03, 2019
CIFAR is a registered charitable organization supported by the governments of Canada, Alberta and Quebec, as well as foundations, individuals, corporations and Canadian and international partner organizations.