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Rethinking industrial policy

Rethinking industrial policy

Industrial policy has a bad name: ‘picking winners’ and thus distorting competition, while exposing government to capture by vested interests. But there are reasons for a rethink. First, climate change: without government intervention to jump-start massive private investment in clean technologies, governments, by default, encourage investment in dirtier technologies. Second, a new post-crisis realism: laissez-faire […]

By: Philippe Aghion, Julian Boulanger and Elie Cohen Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance, Innovation & Competition Policy Date: June 16, 2011