City Horizons: Stian Westlake

Capitalism without capital - the rise of the intangible economy

Join us for this City Horizons event on the rise of the intangible economy

Event starts at 5.30pm on 20 November 2019 at Dentons, One Fleet Place, London EC4M 7RA

Britain, like many other major developed economies, now invests more in intangible assets, like design, branding, R&D, or software, than in tangible assets, like machinery, buildings, and computers. For all sorts of businesses, from tech firms and pharma companies to coffee shops and gyms, the ability to deploy assets that can neither touched nor seen is increasingly the main source of long-term success.

They have also played a significant role in some of the big economic changes of the last decade – from economic inequality to stagnating productivity and the emergence of superstar cities.

In the latest of our City Horizons series of events, Stian Westlake, co-author of Capitalism without Capital with Jonathan Haskel, will join us to shed light on the rise of the intangible economy and what it means for the economic future of the country.

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