The Academic-Industry Research Network - theAIRnet
The Academic-Industry Research Network – theAIRnet – is a private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization devoted to the proposition that a sound understanding of the dynamics of industrial development requires collaboration between academic scholars and industry experts. We engage in up-to-date, in-depth, and incisive research and commentary on issues related to industrial innovation and economic development. Our goal is to understand the ways in which, through innovation, businesses and governments can contribute to equitable and stable economic growth – or what we call “sustainable prosperity”.  


Featured Publications
Bookcover for the Third Globalization

The Third Globalization: Can Wealthy Nations Stay Rich in the 21st Century?

Edited By Dan Breznitz & John Zysman

Economics for People and Earth,
The Auroville Case 1968 - 2008

by Henk Thomas and Manuel Thomas

The Entrepreneurial State, Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths 

by Mariana Mazzucato

Latest News
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Share buybacks let income inequality grow
On April 4, journalist Eric Reguly's interview with theAIRnet president William Lazonick on the issue of share buybacks in relation to growing inequality appeared on The Globe and Mail.
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William Lazonick and Mariana Mazzucato were invited to the "Summer Davos"
Bill Lazonick and Mariana Mazzucato were among the invitees of the World Economic Forum in Dalian, China, September 11-13.  They were speakers in an IdeasLab on the economics of innovation as part of a team from the Institute for New Economic Thinking that included Robert Johnson, Anil Gupta, Diego Comin, and Adair Turner. Lazonick was also a keynote speaker at the Resource Summit: China's New Stage, Challenges and Opportunities for the Global Mining and Metals Industries, while Mazzucato was a featured panelist in the session on Creating Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and the plenary closing session on Innovating into the Future.
Featured Videos

Bill Lazonick's  interview with Marshall Auerback at the Institute for New Economic Thinking headquarter in New York City.

Mariana Mazzucato and Anatole Kaletsky in the studio with Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis

Bill Lazonick gave a talk at the World Economic Forum "Summer Davos" in Dalian, China on September 13, 2013.



AIR Working Paper Series

Recent Event
William Lazonick
"Innovative Enterprise and Shareholder Value"
AIR Working Paper Series #14-03/01
Matt Hopkins and William Lazonick
Soaking Up the Sun and Blowing in the Wind: Clean Tech Needs Patient Capital
AIR Working Paper Series #13-08/01
William Lazonick, Mariana Mazzucato and Oner Tulum
Apple’s Changing Business Model: What Should the World’s Richest Company Do with All Those Profits?"
AIR Working Paper Series #13-07/01
William Lazonick
The Theory of Innovative Enterprise: A Foundation of Economic Analysis"
AIR Working Paper Series #13-05/01
  Beijing Conference on Financial Institutions for Innovation and Development, October 17-­18, 2013

Co-­organizers: Institute of Policy and Management, Chinese Academy of Sciences & Ford Foundation

Chairs: William Lazonick and RongpingMU

Organizing committee: Leonardo Burlamaqui, Ford Foundation;
William Lazonick, University of Massachusetts; Rongping Mu, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Jiang Yu, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Yu Zhou, Vassar College 


News from theAIRnet

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Obsolete Humans? Why Elites Want You to Fear the Robot
Lynn Parramore

Robots Don't Destroy Jobs; Rapacious Corporate Executives Do
William Lazonick 

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Economist Mariana Mazzucato argues that much of the technology underlying your trusty Apple smartphone was actually created in government labs. What does that mean for innovation in the future?