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On the importance of openness for industrial policy design in developing countries

  • Kjetil Bjorvatn

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    (Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration)

  • Nicola D. Coniglio

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    (University of Bari)

Should industrial policy be targeted to a few sectors or be more broad based and therefore more neutral? Our theoretical analysis demonstrates that access to foreign markets is key to answering this question. We show that in a less open economy, industrial policy should be targeted, while in a more open economy, broad based policies are likely to be more effective. One implication of this results is that deregulation is likely to be more successful in a relatively open economy than in a more closed economy. Indeed, deregulation with limited foreign market access may lead to deindustrialization. We provide empirical results that support these predictions.

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Paper provided by Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Metodi Matematici - Università di Bari in its series series with number 0014.

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Date of creation: Feb 2007
Date of revision: Feb 2007
Handle: RePEc:bai:series:wp0014
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