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Industrial policy in the economic literature: Recent theoretical developments and implications for EU policy

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Lluis Navarro, European Commission.

Economic theory on “industrial policy” is not to be found in a single and coherent body of work.

This can be partly explained by the difficulty of economists to agree on a definition of the concept of industrial policy. However, the last decade has seen a strong resurgence of literature in a series of areas closely linked to industry such as innovation, economic growth, technological progress, entrepreneurship or public policy.

At the risk of oversimplification, this paper attempts to provide a brief overview of the main ideas from this recent literature and its policy implications.

Enterprise Papers No 12, 2003
Eur-Op catalogue n° NB-AE-03-012-EN-C

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