Industrial Policy and the Great Divergence

64 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2023

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Réka Juhász

University of British Columbia (UBC); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Claudia Steinwender

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)

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Date Written: 2023

Abstract

We discuss recent work evaluating the role of the government in shaping the economy during the long 19th century, a practice we refer to as industrial policy. We show that states deployed a vast variety of different policies aimed at, primarily, but not exclusively, fostering industrialization. We discuss the thin, but growing literature that evaluates the economic effects of these policies. We highlight some fruitful avenues for future study.

Keywords: industrial policy, first wave of globalization, industrialization, infant industry protection, technology policy, transport infrastructure, telegraph, 19th century

JEL Classification: L500, N100, N400, N600

Suggested Citation

Juhász, Réka and Steinwender, Claudia, Industrial Policy and the Great Divergence (2023). CESifo Working Paper No. 10675, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4592962 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4592962

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Claudia Steinwender

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