From AEI:

Ep. 198 — Political Economy with James Pethokoukis

Should federal support for research and development be expanded? If so, what form should this expansion take? Is it better to emphasize basic science or applied research? Should policymakers use some of this money to create more tech hubs across the country in order to expand economic opportunity? Today’s extended episode of Political Economy explores these questions and many more by presenting an online panel discussion conducted last month with Jonathan Gruber, Tony Mills, Margaret O’Mara, and Bret Swanson.

Jonathan Gruber is the Ford Professor of Economics at MIT and the co-author of “Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream.” Tony Mills is the director of the R Street Institute’s science policy program, which aims to equip policymakers with scientific expertise and to advance public policies that stimulate scientific innovation. Margaret O’Mara is the Howard & Frances Keller Endowed Professor of History at the University of Washington and the author of “The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America.” And Bret Swanson is a visiting fellow at AEI, where he focuses on the impact of technology on the US economy, telecommunications, and internet regulation.