The program is expected to introduce a new perspective to the debate on industrial policy. Rather than studying what works and what does not from a theoretical perspective, researchers will examine how some policies and initiatives work or do not work, to supply governments with a richer set of information from which to steer policy decisions. The approach emphasizes the need to examine how companies and governments interact to improve or penalize industrial productivity. The ambition is to document policymaking from locally generated evidence and to train the local research constituency to carry out this analysis.
Studies are expected to:
- Generate high-quality, empirical academic knowledge, generated locally by documenting existing policies to promote industrial productivity in Ethiopia, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, with a focus on manufacturing industries
- Address two major research questions:
- What do we learn from existing industrial policy initiatives about the value (impact) and possibility of promoting successful industrialization in developing countries?
- What do we learn from these initiatives about the various determinants of the interaction between the private and the public sectors and about their role in the success or failure of current industrial policies?
- Develop thinking about industrial policies as part of a trial-and-error process that focuses on learning and implementation rather than a deterministic approach about what works and what does not.