Dan Breznitz appointed Clifford Clark Visiting Economist

Dan Breznitz appointed Clifford Clark Visiting Professor at the Department of Finance

October 14, 2021

University Professor Dan Breznitz has been appointed as the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist at the federal Department of Finance. Professor Breznitz holds the Munk Chair of Innovation Studies at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and is a professor in the Department of Political Science. He is the co-director of the Munk School’s Innovation Policy Lab and a CIFAR fellow, where he co-directs the program on Innovation, Equity and the Future of ProsperityProfessor Breznitz is known around the world as an expert on rapid-innovation-based industries and their globalization.

Breznitz is the author of numerous publications including two award winning books Innovation and the State: Political Choice and Strategies for Growth in Israel, Taiwan, and Ireland, and The Run of the Red Queen: Government, Innovation, Globalization, and Economic Growth in China. His latest book, Innovation in Real Places: Strategies for Prosperity in an Unforgiving World, was chosen by the Financial Times as one of the Best Business Books of 2021 and has been shortlisted for the inaugural Balsillie Prize for Public Policy. 

The Department of Finance created the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist role in 1983 to bring in fresh outside policy perspectives. The visiting economists work closely with the Deputy Minister and Ministers to share their views and help shape thinking for the future.

During his time with the Department of Finance, Dr. Breznitz expects to focus on developing advice centred on economic growth and innovation policy.