The Future of Work | Breaking the Taboo: Industrial Policy for the 21st Century

with Dani Rodrik and Laura Tyson

Jan 26, 2021 | 12:00 – 13:00 Download .ics


Given the mounting need to create good jobs, effect structural change, and modernize the economy, is there a role for industrial policy in the future? How should 21st century industrial policy be designed and implemented?

The Future of Work is an INET webinar series that brings together diverse voices to discuss the impact of technology on the economy and society. We host prominent thinkers, policy-makers, and scholars from different backgrounds and countries to present and debate their views.

As technology continues to disrupt industries globally, the nature and future of work will be impacted by decisions and policies being made today. What are the social costs and benefits that technology will bear on economies already transformed by globalization and what are the implications to labor markets and social welfare? Can we get ahead of the next transformational revolution?

To Be Discussed

  • Industrial policies were traditionally believed to be the province of developing economies, mired in market failures and poverty traps
  • Together with COVID-19 and the climate challenge, digital disruption is elevating the need to steer the economy on an inclusive and sustainable path for countries rich and poor
  • What roles are there for state planning, public investments and government intervention in order to unleash the potential of technology?

Young Scholars Initiative Follow-Up Discussion

Tuesday, January 26, 2020 at 1:00pm ET

Please join us for an open forum discussion diving deeper into the issues discussed during the webinar led by Jacob Feygin, Reda Cherif and Fuad Hasanov


Meet the leaders and scholars whose new thinking guides our work. View all speakers

  • Dani Rodrik

    Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government

    President-Elect, International Economic Association

  • Laura Tyson

    Business and Public Policy Professor, Berkeley Haas