Industrial Policy

Industrial Policy is defined as the strategic effort by the state to encourage the development and growth of a sector of the economy. It refers to “any type of selective intervention or government policy that attempts to alter the structure of production toward sectors that are expected to offer better prospects for economic growth than would occur in the absence of such intervention” (Pack and Saggi, 2006).

This page brings together Industrial Policy debates, guidance, and country experience. Key take-aways include:

  • There is an ongoing debate over which sectors, if any, Industrial Policy should target. Not all industries are equally useful for development; some can be good for mass employment, but allow little technological learning.
  • Industrial Policy is a relatively demanding approach. To be effective, its design and implementation needs to take into account both a government’s capabilities and political will.

At a glance: Short reads on Industrial Policy

 DCED publication          Introductory video

A Synthesis Note summarising current key issues and debates in Industrial Policy.

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A two-minute video introducing the potential of Industrial Policy in Africa.

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A summary of recent industrialisation trends in developing economies.

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Industrial Policy experience from various countries

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