Industrial policies and international division of labor

Vol. 39 No. 1 (2019)

Jan-Mar / 2019
Published January 1, 2019
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How to Cite

Aguiar de Medeiros, Carlos. 2019. “Industrial Policies and International Division of Labor”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 39 (1):71-87.

Industrial policies and international division of labor

Carlos Aguiar de Medeiros
Professor Titular do Instituto de Economia da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro – IE/UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro-RJ, Brasil. Pesquisador do CNPQ.
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 39 No. 1 (2019), Jan-Mar / 2019, Pages 71-87


This paper examines the evolution of industrial policies, technological strategies and trade specialization in global values chains (GVC) in manufacturing production led by transnational corporations and by industrial policies. It argues that insertion in GVC does not constitute an easier technological shortcut alternative to national system of innovation and for national development strategy that historically have been the main levers for technological catch-up.

JEL Classification: O14; O19; O25; O43.

Keywords: Economic development Industrial policy Global value chains Innovation system