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Palgrave Macmillan

Rethinking Productive Development

Sound Policies and Institutions for Economic Transformation

ISBN 9781137405593
Publication Date September 2014
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Productive transformation requires seizing the opportunities available and opening new ones in a competitive world. Rethinking Productive Development examines the market failures impeding transformation and the government failures that may make the policy remedies worse than the market illness. To address market failures, the authors propose a simple conceptual framework based on the scope and nature of the policy approach. They then systematically analyze country policies through this lens in key areas such as innovation, new firms, financing, human capital, and internationalization to show the power of this way of thinking. Still, the book warns that policymakers cannot be sure what the right policy interventions are and must set up a process to discover them that calls for public-private collaboration. Recognizing that the risk of capture needs to be checked and that even the best policies will fail without the technical, organizational, and political capacity to implement them, the book concludes with ideas on how to design institutions fostering the right incentives and how to grow public sector capabilities over time.

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is an international institution created in 1959 to foster economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

1. Rethinking Productive Development
2. A Conceptual Framework for Productive Development Policies
3. Investing in Ideas: Business Innovation Policies
4. The Start-Up and Scale-Up of High-Productivity Firms
5. Beyond the Classroom: Preparing People to Produce
6. Giving Credit to Productivity
7. All Together Now: Cluster-Based Policies
8. A World of Possibilities: Internationalization for Productive Development
9. Selecting Priority Sectors for Productive Transformation: An Elephant in the Room?
10. The Hard Part: Developing Public Sector Capabilities for Successful PDPs
11. Two to Tango: Public-Private Collaboration in Productive Development Policy

Manuel Agosin
Mariana Bassi
Juan Blyde
Gabriel Casaburi
Jorge Cornick

Gustavo Crespi
Fernando De Olloqui

Eduardo Fernández-Arias
Alessandro Maffioli
Christian Volpe Martincus

Ugo Panizza
Carlo Pietrobelli

Alejandro Rasteletti
Graciana Rucci

Ernesto Stein
Alberto Trejos
Sergio Urzua
Rodrigo Wagner


"The Washington Consensus—its name notwithstanding—was invented in Latin America. However, as this useful report shows, inadequate productivity growth since its adoption has forced the region's policymakers to reconsider whether the wholesale rejection of industrial policy was appropriate. The Inter-American Development Bank has long been at the forefront of this rethinking. The authors do a masterful job of not only surveying what is known about 'productive development policies,' but also laying out a policy agenda. Admirable in its analytical exposition, empirical detail, and policy discussion, this is a must-read for development economists and practitioners alike." - Dani Rodrik, Albert O. Hirschman Professor of Economics, Institute for Advanced Study, USA
"Once the commodities boom is over, Latin America will have to discover new sources of economic growth. Tired orthodoxies will not do the trick, but the fresh thinking contained in this volume just might. It explains what went wrong with industrial policies in the 1960s, and what countries have to do differently this time around. First-rate. Should be required reading for policymakers around the region." - Andrés Velasco, Former Finance Minister, Chile
"This book is a must-read for policymakers and practitioners in the elusive world of effective industrial policies. A useful toolbox to think about a topic that is central to any government today." - Mauricio Cárdenas, Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Colombia
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