Diane Coyle: innovation, intangibles, inequality, sustainability and measuring beyond GDP | podcast

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Economist Diane Coyle is the Bennett Professor of Public Policy Cambridge University. She co-directs the Bennett Institute where she heads research under the themes of progress and productivity. Her work has touched innovation, technology and intangibles; sustainability, inequality and measuring bey
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Ben Yeoh (00:03): Hey everyone. I am super excited to be speaking to Diane Coyle. Diane is the Bennett professor of public policy at Cambridge university, and she co-directs the Bennett Institute where she heads research under the themes of progress and productivity. Her work has touched innovation, technology and intangibles, sustainability, inequality, and measuring beyond GDP. Her latest book, Cogs and Monsters, is published in October 2021. Diane, welcome.

Diane Coyle (00:32): Well, it's great to be here talking to you. Thank you.

Ben Yeoh (00:36): Great. So is there such a thing as a radical centrist and perhaps are you one?

Diane Coyle (00:45): Well, that's a difficult question to start off with. I don't think of myself as being left or right party political at all. So I suppose that ticks the centrist box. Am I radical? Well, I hope so but particularly if that means thinking in new ways about how to solve some of the challenges society's facing, which are big and complicated, social scientists causing wicked problems. What we've been trying so far very obviously hasn't worked. So I suppose by kind of deconstructing it, I'd have to answer yes to the question.

Ben Yeoh (01:23): Great. And so you've worked with Jason Furman reviewing competition markets but did you know he is also a fairly prolific book reviewer, which is another thing you might have in common with him?

Diane Coyle (01:37): I believe he reviews on Good Reads--

Ben Yeoh (01:39): Yeah, he does review [on Good Reads]

Diane Coyle (01:41): --Which I don't use very much and I review books on my blog. I read many more than I review. The blog is about economics and business books and technology and a bit of politics and I read lots of fiction and pop science and other things too.

Ben Yeoh (01:56): What's brought you to review so many books on your blog? Is it kind of just a way of remembering or are you trying to kind of reach a wider audience with your…
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