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Structural change, trade and global production networks: An ‘appropriate industrial policy’ for peripheral and catching-up economies

Michael A. Landesmann and Roman Stöllinger ()

Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 2019, vol. 48, issue C, 7-23

Abstract: The global economy has been undergoing rapid structural change: the impressive development processes in a range of emerging economies have induced strong shifts in global trade shares; international production networks (IPNs) are characterising regional and global trading relationships and we observe also persistent changes in the positions of countries in global value chains due to rather rapid technological and human capital up-grading. The aim of this paper is to assess these developments, but also discuss the importance of – what we call – ‘appropriate industrial policy’ (AIP) for countries at different developmental stages to support their position in the current global context. We shall emphasise in particular the role of AIP for European low- and medium-income economies (LMIEs) as the recent financial and economic crisis has shown that they are particularly vulnerable with respect to ‘structural external imbalances’ and thus policies to support their tradable sectors are of great importance.

Keywords: Appropriate industrial policy; Structural change; Structural upgrading; Emerging Europe; Emerging economies; International production networks; Global value chains; Catching-up (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L16 L52 F15 F14 F63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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