2019 Madame de Staël Prize
Economist Mariana Mazzucato becomes the sixth recipient of the All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values
The jury praised her novel thinking, challenging conventional wisdom in the understanding of the role of the state in public policy and innovation. The prize worth €20,000, with the support of Compagnia di San Paolo, is awarded annually by ALLEA to eminent scholars and intellectuals whose work represents a significant contribution to the identity and values of Europe.
The 2019 ALLEA Madame de Staël Prize was handed to Economist Mariana Mazzucato during an award ceremony held on the occasion of ALLEA’s 25th anniversary, and was hosted by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences on 8 May 2019 at the University of Bern, Switzerland.
The Rector of the University of Bern, Christian Leumann, delivered a welcome address, followed by the Swiss’ Federal Councillor for Economics, Education and Research, Guy Parmelin, who provided an opening address for the ceremony.
Francesco Profumo, President of the Compagnia di San Paolo – who kindly co-sponsor the prize – presented an introduction and brief history to the Madame de Staël Prize. The laudatory speech was given by the President of the European Research Council Jean-Pierre Bourguignon. Lastly, Professor Mazzucato delivered a laureate lecture titled “From Market Fixing to Market Co-creation: a Mission Oriented Approach.”
Professor Antonio Loprieno, President of ALLEA and chairman of the Madame de Staël Prize jury, praised Professor Mazzucato’s contribution to a better understanding of the concept of innovation and the interplay between the state, business and research in our modern economy, stating:
“Mariana Mazzucato’s scholarly work is rather exceptional in a way that it transcends academia. She is a brilliant and provocative economist who has challenged stories of value creation, innovation and growth. In an ingenious way, she has been able to create new economic narratives to understand contemporary realities in Europe and beyond. The prize jury chose to honour her outstanding academic work and her engagement to bridge the gap between academia and policymaking.”