Economist Joshua Gans and Australian Parliament member Andrew Leigh argue that equality should not be sacrificed for the amazing technological innovations of the last two decades.
Chapter 1 The Price of Progress
Chapter 2 Renaissance or Dark Age?
Chapter 3 Superpowers or Annihilation?
Chapter 4 Does Innovation Require Inequality?
Chapter 5 Does Innovation Cause Inequality?
Chapter 6 Encouraging Innovation
Chapter 7 Providing Insurance
Joshua Gans is Professor of Strategic Management and holds the Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. He is the author of The Disruption Dilemma (MIT Press), Prediction Machines, and other books. Andrew Leigh is a Member of the Australian House of Representatives, a former economics professor, and author of Battlers and Billionaires, Randomistas and other books. Lawrence H. Summers is Charles W. Eliot Professor and President Emeritus at Harvard University. He served as Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton administration and as Director of the National Economic Council in the Obama administration.
So much government policy is developed through a myopic view that
people only do things for profit and that the more profit they can
make the more likely they will be to pursue innovation. Gans and
Leigh provide a strong counter to this, arguing that while
innovation is a key to driving productivity, the improvements in
living standards that should flow as a result can only come if
governments pursue policies that aim 'to boost both innovation and
Gans and Leigh are alarmed by the winner-take-most phenomenon that characterises many parts of the tech industry. They call for a wide range of reforms, from banning non-compete clauses in work contracts and easing the process for university loans, to reducing sexual harassment in the workplace to boost the number of women in tech-The Economist-
Written in a snappy style leavened with pop culture references, this is not just a book for policy wonks.-Sydney Morning Herald-