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Innovation, Equity & The Future of Prosperity

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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.

Detailed Program Description for Applicants to the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program, 2021-2023

Founded

2019

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Economics
Political Science
Sociology
Engineering
History
Law
Legal Studies
Public Policy
Social Policy

CIFAR Contact

Rachel Parker

Fellows & Advisors

Program Directors

Dan Breznitz

Program Co-Director

Innovation, Equity, & The Future of Prosperity
University of Toronto
Canada

Susan Helper

Program Co-Director

Innovation, Equity, & The Future of Prosperity
Case Western Reserve University
National Bureau of Economic Research
United States

Amos Zehavi

Associate Program Director

Innovation, Equity, & The Future of Prosperity
Tel Aviv University
Israel
Fellows

Yochai Benkler

Fellow

Innovation, Equity, & The Future of Prosperity
Harvard University
United States

Aldo Geuna

Fellow

Innovation, Equity, & The Future of Prosperity
Collegio Carlo Alberto
University of Torino
Italy

Jane Gingrich

Fellow

Innovation, Equity, & The Future of Prosperity
University of Oxford
United Kingdom

Ray Gosine

Fellow

Innovation, Equity, & The Future of Prosperity
Memorial University
Canada

William Lazonick

Fellow

Innovation, Equity, & The Future of Prosperity
The Academic-Industry Research Network
United States

Keun Lee

Fellow

Innovation, Equity, & The Future of Prosperity
Seoul National University
Republic of Korea

Kenneth Lipartito

Fellow

Innovation, Equity, & The Future of Prosperity
Florida International University
United States

Goldie Nejat

Fellow

Innovation, Equity, & The Future of Prosperity
University of Toronto
Canada

Andrew Schrank

Fellow

Innovation, Equity, & The Future of Prosperity
Brown University
United States
Advisors

Suzanne Berger

Advisor

Innovation, Equity, & The Future of Prosperity
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
United States

J. Bradford DeLong

Advisor

Innovation, Equity, & The Future of Prosperity
University of California Berkeley
United States

Walter Powell

Advisor

Innovation, Equity, & The Future of Prosperity
Stanford University
United States

Manuel Trajtenberg

Advisor

Innovation, Equity, & The Future of Prosperity
Tel Aviv University
Israel

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