Conferences and Workshops

Rethinking the Role of the State: An Assessment of Industrial Policy in MENA

Date : 11/13/2005

Speakers : Multiple Speakers

Most governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region use trade policy to protect certain industries, provide tax incentives to promote a particular type of investment, and make subsidized credit available to firms of a certain size. Such government intervention, known as industrial policy, was the topic of this conference. The aim was to assess whether state intervention leads to net benefits to society, why policymakers intervene, and how to bring about a healthier balance between states and markets.