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The New Empirics of Industrial Policy

Nathaniel Lane

Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, 2020, vol. 20, issue 2, No 2, 209-234

Abstract: Abstract Nations have and will continue to shape their economies through industrial policy. Nevertheless, the empirical literature on these interventions is thin, dwarfed by the attention industrial policies receive from policymakers across the world. In this paper, I discuss the difficulties of empirically studying industrial policy and review how new econometric work is confronting these issues. Through careful research design and attention to institutional detail, I argue that emergent studies are rapidly expanding what we know—and updating what we thought we knew—about these policies. As well, I argue tools from policy evaluation allow us to study the impact of endogenous industrial interventions. This review is a proposal to take industrial policy, along with their complexities, more seriously as objects of inquiry. Doing so requires not only more serious evaluations of past policy but also a reevaluation of past empirical work and consensus.

Keywords: Industrial policy; Policy evaluation; Industrial development; O14; O2; O25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s10842-019-00323-2

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