Innovation, Equity & The Future of Prosperity
How can innovation be beneficial to all?
The benefits of innovation tend to be concentrated to a limited number of industries, regions, and groups. Innovation that exacerbates inequality can undermine public support for science and innovation and contribute to broader political alienation. The Innovation, Equity & the Future of Prosperity program brings together economists, political scientists, engineers, and historians to examine how the policies used to generate and diffuse innovation affect the distribution of opportunities and outcomes in society.
The Innovation, Equity & the Future of Prosperity program is part of the following CIFAR Impact Clusters: Building Thriving Societies and Exploring Emerging Technologies. CIFAR’s research programs are organized into 5 distinct Impact Clusters that address significant global issues and are committed to fostering an environment in which breakthroughs emerge.
RESEARCH AND SOCIETAL IMPACT HIGHLIGHTS
Shaping the future of innovation
Program Co-Director Dan Breznitz (University of Toronto) served as the Clifford Clarke Economist of the Government of Canada and advised on a number of files, among them the creation of the Canada Innovation Corporation, announced and funded in Budget 2022. This is the first effort to create an independent experimental learning public agency at the federal level.
New findings on innovation and employment
CIFAR Fellow Keun Lee (Seoul National University) uncovered how innovation affects employment by using South Korean data to untangle the effects of process versus product innovation on employment and wages. Through this work, Lee demonstrated that on the sectoral level, product innovation has positive employment effects while process innovation is virtually neutral — these findings will have major implications for the future of work.
The British Academy
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Max Bell Foundation, Scotiabank
Fellows & Advisors
CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars
16 distinguished early-career researchers join the prestigious CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars programMay 23, 2023
Policy levers to promote an innovation-based economy, and their distributive consequencesJuly 05, 2021
How can government policies encourage innovation economies that are more inclusive?February 17, 2021
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 and Quebec, as well as foundations, individuals, corporations and Canadian and international partner organizations.