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Industrial Policies in Developing Countries: History and Perspectives


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  • Michele Di Maio

    (Università di Macerata)


This paper presents a historical and empirical account of the role played by government intervention in the form of industrial policies in spurring development and growth in developing countries in the last fifty years. Adopting the taxonomy proposed in Cimoli et alt. (2008), it describes the set of industrial policies implemented since the end of WWII to today in a number of developing countries. Which are the characteristics of successful industrial policies? Are there industrial policies, among the ones that have worked in the past, which can be also useful in the present context? Is there a fit-all recipe, or the high degree of country heterogeneity makes impossible to identify any general effective industrial policy? These are some of the questions this papers tries to suggest some answers.

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Paper provided by Macerata University, Department of Finance and Economic Sciences in its series Working Papers with number 48-2008.

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Date of creation: Oct 2008
Date of revision: Oct 2008
Handle: RePEc:mcr:wpdief:wpaper00048

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Keywords: Industrial policy; Developing Countries; East Asia; Latin America;

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