Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Who Wants Industrial Policy?

Dani Rodrik of HKS is one - with some twist from the old definition.

Nonetheless he said:
The standard rap against industrial policy is that governments cannot pick winners. Of course they can’t, but that is largely irrelevant. What determines success in industrial policy is not the ability to pick winners, but the capacity to let the losers go – a much less demanding requirement.
Uhm, I am not convinced. Letting the losers go is very hard, and probably equally demanding with picking winners. I made a serving in this Cafe sometime ago, arguing that old policies don't simply die.

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