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Industrial Policy in Guatemala: A Case of Policy Inertia under Changing Paradigms

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  • Mario Cuevas
  • Sigfrido Lee
  • Bismarck Pineda

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This paper reviews productive development policies (PDPs) in Guatemala, focusing on the alleged justification of existing programs in terms of the market or government failures they are meant to address. An effort is made to identify how the different instruments complement or contradict each other and how these situations came to be. The main hypothesis throughout the paper is that there are non-trivial contradictions within the set of PDPs and its implementation framework that render policy instruments ineffective or inefficient, with evidence from several case studies. On this basis and in light of international practices, the study develops a broad set of recommendations for improving the design and implementation of Guatemala’s PDPs.

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Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department in its series Research Department Publications with number 4694.

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Date of creation: Nov 2010
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Handle: RePEc:idb:wpaper:4694

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Keywords: Industrial Policy; Policymaking; Guatemala;

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  1. Mario Cuevas & Sigfrido Lee & Maria Isabel Bonilla, 2011. "The Missing Foundations of Housing Finance: Incomplete Markets, Fragmented Policies and Emerging Solutions in Guatemala," Research Department Publications 4750, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.

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