FAST SUMMARY - The Entrepreneurial State_ Debunking Public vs Private Sector Myths - Mariana Mazzucato



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The common view is that the private sector drives innovation through entrepreneurs and risk-taking investors. However, historically many major innovations like the Internet, biotech industry, nanotechnology, clean energy, etc owe their existence to significant early-stage public sector research funding and vision. The public sector has been the main risk taker in these areas, not simply "de-risking" them for the private sector.

Key myths persist about innovation drivers - e.g. small firms matter most, patents equal innovation, Europe's weakness is commercialization, tax cuts spur business investment. However, the evidence contradicts these assumptions. There are crucial complementary assets beyond just R&D that enable innovation. Tax measures have dubious impact while public investments in areas like education and infrastructure are more important.

The State has often been an entrepreneurial force creating new technological opportunities and mission-oriented programs, not just addressing market failures. It has actively shaped and created markets rather than just fix them. Examples like DARPA and NIH illustrate this. The State's role typically involves greater uncertainty and risk than narrower private sector efforts. Evaluating these investments should account for this and their potential spillovers.

The risk-reward relationship for public vs private sector in innovation should also be realigned. While accepting that many State investments will fail, when successful the public sector should share in the rewards to greater extent than taxation alone, rather than allowing rewards to be entirely privatized. This avoids socializing risk while privatizing rewards. Better policy frameworks are needed to build innovation ecosystems that are more mutualistic than parasitic.

The State has a key role as lead investor and catalyst, not just market administrator, through mission-oriented public organizations. But this requires attracting talent able to think ambitiously. Avoiding past ideological battles over size of the State is less important than enabling it to foster dynamic private-public partnerships directing growth to tackle modern challenges.

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  • They spread into many sectors, improving over time and lowering costs to users. This spawns innovation through new products and processes.

  • Large-scale, long-term government investment has driven the development of key general purpose technologies like the Internet, aviation, space tech, IT, nanotech, and nuclear power.

  • Specific institutions envision opportunity spaces, engage in early research, and oversee commercialization. The government played this role in nanotechnology, guiding its development.

  • The US government has actively driven innovation in many areas - from funding computer science departments to jumpstarting the biotech industry. This contradicts the view of the US as a bastion of free market capitalism.

  • Public funding and policies have been critical for the development of technologies like microchips, touch screens, GPS, Siri/artificial intelligence, the Internet, search algorithms, and more. Private sector firms then capitalize on these.

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The book argues that the state has played an active and entrepreneurial role in innovation and economic growth, contrary to popular myths. Key points:

1) The state has been a lead risk-taker and investor in radical, uncertain innovations that the private sector would not pursue. Examples like the Internet, GPS, cleantech, biotech, nanotech show this. The state does not just "de-risk" the private sector or fix market failures.

2) Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are not necessarily the most innovative parts of the economy. Big companies like Apple have benefitted tremendously from state funding of technologies. Venture capital also enters the innovation game very late after the high risk.

3) Many claims about innovation and economic growth, like tax incentives automatically lead to more R&D spending, have been myths and have led to flawed policies. A new framework for thinking about state involvement in the economy is needed.

4) The book calls for the risks and rewards of public investments to be better shared so innovation and growth is more inclusive. Tools like income-contingent loans, golden share of intellectual property rights, and state investment banks are suggested.

The key argument is that state involvement has been much more entrepreneurial and risk-taking than is realized, so we need to rethink concepts like public vs. private sector roles, sharing of risks and rewards, and measures of innovation success.

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The content argues that government support has been critical for developing many radical innovations like the Internet, GPS, touchscreen displays, and green technologies like wind and solar power. However, the economic benefits of these innovations have mostly gone to private companies rather than back to the public sector that funded the risky research behind them. The content provides detailed case studies of government agencies like ARPA-E, DARPA, SBIR, and public investment banks that have funded pioneering innovations when private finance was too risk-averse. It argues this socialization of risk versus privatization of rewards is problematic and proposes ways the state could earn returns from successful innovations through income-contingent loans, equity, or IP rights. Overall the content highlights the entrepreneurnal and transformative role of smart government investment in innovation, rather than just fixing market failures.

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