Macro minutes: innovation — the Covid silver lining?

In this week's Macro minutes, our final podcast of 2020, we're joined by Felicity Burch, Director of Innovation and Digital at the CBI and James McCann, Senior Economist at ASI. What does the future hold for business? How important is innovation and why does research matter for economists and investors alike?

Welcome to Macro minutes.  As the much-maligned 2020 enters its final couple of weeks, we're looking positively to the future.   

In part 1, we're delighted to welcome Felicity Burch, Director of Innovation and Digital at the Confederation for British Industry (CBI).  In a fascinating and wide-ranging discussion, we consider why innovation matters for business, the "silver-lining" effect that Covid-19 has had in incentivizing firms to innovate, and the challenge companies face to keep up the momentum as the world returns to something closer to "normal" in 2021.    

In part 2, we welcome back James McCann from the ASI Research Institute to discuss why innovation is a key factor for the macroeconomic outlook and how research can allow investors to identify the winners and losers of digital innovation.






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