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Economist Mariana Mazzucato. (Greg Funnell)

Economist Mariana Mazzucato.

(Greg Funnell)

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Mariana Mazzucato is part of a new wave of economists—passionate, outspoken and determined to make the case that governments have an important role to play in the economy. The Italian-born Mazzucato, who is a professor of the economics of innovation at the University of Sussex in England, has gained notoriety for her book The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths, which argues that we enjoy the iPhone and many other such innovative products courtesy of early government funding. We met in a pub near her home in north London.

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