How much does a nation spend on science? What kind of science? How much from private versus public funding? These are all questions being explored by policymakers around the world as part of the increasing interests in the ‘science of science and innovation policy’.

During his recent visit to Australia, Professor Richard Freeman from Harvard University sat down with Professor Paul Jensen from the Melbourne Institute at the University of Melbourne to explore this topic of science and innovation policy.

Professor Freeman is the Herbert Ascherman Chair of Economics at Harvard, an expert in science policy and is considered one of the most important social scientists in the post-war period.

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