INTERECONOMICS, Vol 50, No.3 May/June 2015

Which Industrial Policy Does Europe Need?

INTERECONOMICS,Vol 50, No. 3 May/June 2015

Forum: Which Industrial Policy Does Europe Need?

By Mariana Mazzucato, Mario Cimoli, Giovanni Dosi, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Michael A. Landesmann, Mario Pianta, Rainer Walz, Tim Page.

One lesson of the Great Recession has been that countries with higher shares of industry in their GDP seemed to be less affected by the crisis. Consequently, the call for an industrial renaissance has become stronger. Industrial policy has now become a top priority in countries where it was not explicitly considered in the past. A strong EU-wide industrial policy is expected to foster growth and job creation. However, cultivating industrial development is a complex challenge. This Forum addresses the steps that need to be taken to create a new European industrial policy. What are the structural challenges that need to be addressed? What are the instruments of the EU’s industrial policy? And should the EU be engaged in picking winners, or is the market better at making such judgements?

Editorial: Why This Time Is Different for Ukraine

By Erik Berglof

Letter from America: The QE Trap

By Allan H. Meltzer

Quantitative easing (QE) is the latest central bank fad. After years of QE by the US Federal Reserve, the Bank of Japan, the Bank of China and the European Central Bank have adopted their versions of the policy. The immediate effect was a depreciation of each exchange rate and an increase in some measures of monetary growth. I will discuss the US experience and ECB problems here.