Woodward Lectures

2016 Woodward Lecture

The Vancouver School of Economics is very pleased to host Prof. Philippe Aghion for a free lecture entitled “Innovation, Inequality, and Social Mobility”.

thumbnail_photo_to send outInnovation has become the most important engine of economic growth. But who innovates?

  • Do innate ability & parental input promote a child’s chance to become an innovator?
  • Do innovators more easily move up the social ladder?
  • What are the implications of innovation for income inequality in society?

Professor Philippe Aghion is Chair of Economics of Institutions, Innovation & Growth at Collège de France, holds appointments at the LSE and Stockholm University, and previously at Harvard. Prof. Aghion is a fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

With Peter Howitt, he pioneered the ‘Schumpeterian Growth’ paradigm, which was subsequently used to analyze the design of growth policies and the role of the state in the growth process. In 2001, Dr. Aghion received the Yrjo Jahnsson Award for the best European economist under the age of 45. Event Details…

VSE’s Woodward Lecture Event Series

Mr. Eugene Sidney Woodward was a journalist who enjoyed a successful career writing for newspapers such as the Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Province, and Vancouver News-Herald, and also published under the pseudonym of Gene Ard. Through the generosity of Mr. Woodward, UBC has established a lectureship to perpetuate his spirit of concern for economic freedom and his interest in fresh approaches to contemporary economic problems and institutions. The lectureship is administered by the Vancouver School of Economics.

A list of past Woodward Lectures can be found here.