Reinventing industrial policy at the frontier: catalysing learning and innovation in Brazil


Published: 24Jan2018

Authors: Paola Perez-Aleman and Flavia Chaves Alves

Publication: Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Vol. 10, No. 1, March 2017


Our argument revalidates and advances the idea of learning that is central to literatures on economic development, innovation and industrial policy. Global shifts where developing countries are advancing and innovating at the technological frontier challenge the conventional view of learning that focused on adapting existing technologies from advanced economies to build domestic firms’ capabilities. Our research contributes to capture new dynamics of innovation, emerging technologies and government industrial policy, crucial in the learning perspective. Our field study of Brazilian government programmes in the bio-based industry illustrates how industrial policy is reinvented to catalyse firm innovation at the technological frontier.

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