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Perspectives on Global Development 2013

Industrial Policies in a Changing World

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First launched in 2010, Perspectives on Global Development (PGD) is OECD’s annual publication on emerging development issues. The PGD takes the new geography of economic growth, poverty and power as a point of departure. Each year, the report identifies, analyses and provides evidence and policy solutions to the most pressing global development challenges in the new multipolar world. It provides an overview of global trends and structural transformations in the world economy and informs policy makers in developing countries on the implications in the formulation and implementation of national policies. Each year, the report focuses on a different topic covering diverse socio-economic facets of development from trade, development finance, infrastructure, production development and innovation to gender, employment, migration, fiscal and social policies.

During the past decade, the global economic centre of gravity has shifted eastwards and southwards, creating new opportunities for economic co-operation, trade and investment but also new challenges. This “shifting wealth” is a game changer for economic policy and is at the centre of the first three editions of the Perspectives on Global Development, which document the phenomenon (PGD 2010) and analyse its implications for social cohesion (PGD 2012) and productive growth strategies (PGD 2013).

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Executive summary

OECD Development Centre

The last two decades have seen a shift in the centre of gravity of the global economy to Asia and the South. Since the mid-1990s, GDP growth in large and populous middle-income countries has substantially outpaced that of OECD countries. Despite concerns about the recent slowdown, this shifting wealth is a structural phenomenon that will persist and shape economic development in the future. Against this background, most developing countries have improved their macroeconomic management and started to implement industrial policies to address long-term structural issues.

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