Industrial Policy for Technological Infrastructure Development

  • DATE / TIME:
    2014•04•30    12:00 - 13:30

    METEOR-UNU-MERIT Joint Seminar: “Industrial Policy for Technological Infrastructure Development: Intermediate Institutions, Collective Productivity and Inter-sectoral Learning”

    The industrial policy debate is taking a pragmatic turn. Beyond ideological controversies, economists and policy leaders have been increasingly rethinking the role of the government in the transformation of countries’ economic structures. Not only have new policy rationales been put forward; additionally, specific measures, tools and institutions have been deployed and adapted, based on comparative analysis of other countries’ successes and failures. This pragmatic turn is partially driven by the structural transformations of the global manufacturing landscape over the last two decades and the emergence of a sort of “jealousy of manufacturing”.

    Within the “new political economy of industrial policy”, focused on the variety of countries’ industrial policy experiences, a major emphasis has been assigned to learning and production knowledge. The development of manufacturing production competences and capabilities requires continuous transformations and upgrading of a country’s technological infrastructure along its structural change trajectory. Building on a number of detailed institutional cases, this seminar focuses on a paper that investigates the role of intermediate institutions within the broader countries’ public-private technological infrastructure.

    About the speaker

    Antonio Andreoni is a Research Associate at the Cambridge University Engineering Department, Institute for Manufacturing, and Principal Investigator of the research strand on Techno-Manufacturing Systems, Industrial Dynamics and Policy at the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSTI). His current research aims to bridge and cross-fertilize economics and engineering in order to advance the understanding of complex structures, competences and interdependencies within modern technological, manufacturing and industrial systems.

    For more information, see the Event Abstract on the UNU-MERIT website.