Economics - Innovation - Inclusive Growth - Public Purpose
  • "Mazzucato has stormed the global economic debate"
    Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean

  • "Not every day you can talk direction of growth with one of the most outstanding economists of our generation”
    Chancellor Christian Kern, Austria

  • Mazzucato with German Vice-Chancellor & Economic Minister Sigmar Gabriel, SPD Chairman Philip Oppermann & Deputy Chairman Hubertus Heil before her keynote to SPD Business conference

  • “That powerful insight is something she explained very clearly in her book. It’s also the insight that lies behind the creation of the Technology Strategy Board.”
    Rt Hon David Willetts, former UK Science Minister

  • "I have been greatly encouraged by the work of Mariana Mazzucato" - Rt Hon Vince Cable, former UK Business Secretary

  • "Professor Mazzucato's vision has had a significant impact on current policy discussions in the Netherlands on innovation policy, specifically in relation to the role of mission-oriented research" - Drs JK Weaselling, Deputy Director General for Enterprise and Innovation, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs

  • The Entrepreneurial State is cited at the US Senate Appropriations Committee by Dr Francis S Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health

  • “She… has helped to persuade me to shift our approach in the UK” - David Willetts, Former UK Science Minister
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Policy Impact

Mariana Mazzucato’s work on the relationship between innovation and the direction of economic growth is having global impact. In the last years she has been key to bringing a mission oriented lens to EU Innovation policy, steering the UK’s industrial policy, helping to create a new roadmap for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and informing the restructuring of development finance institutions. In particular, she has brought ‘mission-oriented’ at the heart of economic policy. Her roles include being a Special Economic Adviser to the Italian Prime Minister; Member of South African President Ramaphosa’s Economic Advisory Group; member of the Vatican’s COVID-19 commission; a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors; a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council of the New Economic Agenda, and more. Through her role as Special Advisor for the EC Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation (2017-2019), she authored the high impact report on Mission-Oriented Research & Innovation in the European Union, turning “missions” into a crucial new instrument in the European Commission’s Horizon innovation programme.

Recent Policy Impact


Professor Mazzucato’s book The Entreprenuerial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths has challenged the established political ...more


In the UK, representatives of the three main political parties have spoken about the influence of Professor Mazzucato’s work on their policies. ...more


At the European level, Professor Mazzucato has recently been a member of two high level task forces advising on innovation and smart ...more

Policy Impact

Mazzucato takes part in Vatican COVID-19 Economy Taskforce

Mazzucato joins South Africa’s Economic Council on COVID-19

Mazzucato to advise the Italian government post COVID-19

Mazzucato’s key role in Scotland’s new public investment bank

EC report on Mission-Oriented Research & Innovation in the EU

Keynote to
United Nations ECLAC

Talk to SPD with German
Economic Minister Gabriel

Talk to the European
Investment Bank

Selected Talks to policymakers

SPD Business Conference

SPD Business Conference

Berlin, Germany -Keynote to German SPD Business Conference with Economic and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel and an introduction by SPD Chairman Phillip Oppermann.
Event website.

Policy Papers

BBC: From Crowding Out to Dynamising In

BBC: From Crowding Out to Dynamising In

Chapter for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism Report, “Is there Still a Place for Public Service Television? Effects of the Changing Economics of Broadcasting.

Policy Reports