Tanya Talaga

Topic: “Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City” (House of Anansi Press, 2017)

Book cover of Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga.

Mariana Mazzucato

Professor Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) holds the Chair in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value and is Director of the Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose, University College London (UCL). Mazzucato’s highly-acclaimed book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths (Anthem 2013; Public Affairs, 2015) was on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times. She is winner of the 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy and the 2015 Hans-Matthöfer-Preis and in 2013 she was named as one of the ‘3 most important thinkers about innovation‘ in the New Republic.

She advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led growth and is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors; the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Leadership Council; and SITRA’s Advisory Panel in Finland. Her current research projects include two funded by the EC Horizon 2020 programme: Innovation-fuelled, Sustainable, Inclusive Growth (ISIGrowth) and Distributed Global Financial Systems for Society (Dolfins) and new projects on Rethinking Medical Innovation, funded by the Open Society Foundations, and on mission-oriented innovation policies with the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). Her recent research also includes projects funded by the Ford Foundation and the Institute for New Economic Thinking, and work commissioned by NASA, the European Space Agency.

She is co-editor of Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth (Wiley Blackwell, July 2016). Her new book, The Value of Everything, will be published by Penguin (Allen Lane) in 2018.

Nilofer Merchant

Topic: The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World

Photo description: Book cover of The Power of Onlyness.

David Frum

Topic: The consequences of the Trump presidency


Chuck Klosterman

Topic — “But What IF We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past”

Zeynep Ton

Topic — The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs & Boost Profits

Lauren Jones

Lauren Jones is an Assistant Professor of Consumer Sciences in the department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University. She joined the faculty in 2015. She conducts quantitative, policy-based research on child and family wellbeing, especially in the areas of health and household economics. Her interests lie in understanding what factors impact the ability of children and families to flourish, and how government policy can help families get ahead.

In one line of work, Dr. Jones investigates how early life experiences can impact adulthood outcomes. She has investigated the long-term impacts of education and mental health treatment in childhood. At present, Lauren is working to explore the relationships between income inequality, health and education by exploring both the link between early life experiences of inequality and later life outcomes, and the link between educational opportunities in childhood and the ability of children to climb the income ladder.

In another line of work, Lauren investigates how social policy and consumer regulation impact how families make financial decisions, such as the use of credit cards and spending decisions. Policy that shapes how families spend money can have profound impacts on the downstream health, education and wellbeing of children. Currently, Lauren is working on projects that aim to evaluate how receipt of tax benefit income impacts spending decisions, and how consumer protection regulation impacts household financial decisions.

Her work has been featured in high-quality academic journals, such as the Journal of Health Economics and the Journal of Applied Econometrics, selective conferences, and the media. Before joining OSU, Lauren completed a post-doctoral fellowship in inequality and social mobility at the Martin Prosperity Institute at University of Toronto. In 2014, Lauren completed her Ph.D. in Policy Analysis at Cornell University.

Selected Work
Michelmore, K. and L.E. Jones. (2016). Timing is money: Does lump-sum payment of tax credits induce high-cost borrowing? SSRN working paper. doi:10.2139/ssrn.2712849

Jones, L.E., K. Milligan and M. Stabile. (2015). Child cash benefits and family expenditures: Evidence from the National Child Benefit. NBER working paper #21101.

Jones, L.E., C. Loibl, and S. Tennyson. (2015). Effects of informational nudges on consumer debt behavior. Journal of Economic Psychology, 51. doi:10.1016/j.joep.2015.06.009

Currie, J., M. Stabile, and L.E. Jones. (2014) Do stimulant medications improve educational and behavioral outcomes for children with ADHD? Journal of Health Economics, 37. doi:10.1016/j.jhealeco.2014.05.002NBER working paper 19105.

Taylor Blake

Leads spatial analysis and cartographic design at MPI. Taylor earned an Honours degree from the University of Toronto and a diploma from Fanshawe College. A former planner, Taylor has worked in municipal and provincial government, built his own GIS consulting business, and mapped the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.