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 equality.’—The Guardian—
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
Written in a snappy style leavened with pop culture references, this is not just a book for policy wonks.
—Sydney Morning Herald
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