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Lecture of PHILIPPE AGHION, Professor of Economics at Harvard University “Growth, Innovation and the ‘Smart’ State”
Date: 24/06/2014
Lecture of PHILIPPE AGHION, Professor of Economics at Harvard University “Growth, Innovation and the ‘Smart’ State” JUNE 24, 2014, 19:00 Megaron - the Athens Concert Hall, Nikos Skalkotas Hall.

The lecture examines how the transition to an innovation-based economy affects the role of the State. The State can no longer be the old welfare State, nor should it be a minimal State restricted to insuring law and order. Instead, we need a "smart State" which accompanies and stimulates the creative destruction process associated with innovation-led growth. Several aspects of the “smart State” notion will be discussed: how the state should target and govern its investments? how should it conduct sectoral policies, if at all? how should the state insure against macroeconomic, unemployment and environmental risks? how can the state help reconcile growth with equity?

Philippe Aghion is Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He has previously served as a Professor at University College London, Research Co-ordinator at EBRD, Official Fellow at Nuffield College and Assistant Professor at MIT. His research interests focus on the areas of industrial organization, growth theory, and the economics of innovation. He has been an Editor of many top academic journals. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been a Director of the Industrial organization program at CEPR and a recipient of the Yrjo Johnsson Award of the European Economic Association. His work has been published at the American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Econometrica and other top journals, while he has also published several books. The distinguished researcher, visits our country to participate in the lecture series: "Europe, The Economy and Growth" jointly organized with Megaron Plus and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union and in collaboration with the French Institute of Greece in the framework of the programme “Grèce France – Alliance 2014”.


Costas Azariadis, Professor of Economics, Washington University in St. Louis He holds a Diploma in Engineering from National Technical University in Athens, and MBA and Ph.D. in Economics from Carnegie-Mellon University. He has previously served at Brown University, University of Pennsylvania and University of California-Los Angeles. Other appointments include visits at Princeton, Hebrew University, EHESS, LSE, Autonoma University of Barcelona, the Getulio Vargas Foundation and the University of Vienna. He also acted as Director of the Center for Economic Dynamics (CEDEC). His research focus is on macroeconomic dynamics and economic development. He is Fellow of the Econometric Society.


Nikos Vettas, Professor of Economics at the Athens University of Economics and Business and General Director of IOBE

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