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How Nations Learn: Technological Learning, Industrial Policy, and Catch-up

Arkebe Oqubay and Kenichi Ohno


Authored by eminent scholars, the volume aims to generate interest and debate among policymakers, practitioners, and researchers on the complexity of learning and catch-up, particularly for twenty-first century late-late developers. The volume explores technological learning at the firm level, policy learning by the state, and the cumulative and multifaceted nature of the learning process, which encompasses learning by doing, by experiment, emulation, innovation, and leapfrogging. Why is catch-up rare? And why have some nations succeeded while others failed? What are the prospects for successf ... More

Keywords: catch-up, technological learning, industrial policy, latecomers, intensity of learning, policy learning, emulation, innovation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198841760
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198841760.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arkebe Oqubay, editor
Minister and Coordinator of Economic Sectors and Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia

Kenichi Ohno, editor
Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan

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Part I Context and Perspectives

3 Learning from East Asia

Daniel Poon and Richard Kozul-Wright

Part II Empirical Perspectives

5 Meiji Japan

Kenichi Ohno

8 China

Justin Yifu Lin and Jun Zhang

9 Learning and Catch-up in Singapore

George Yeo, Tan Kong Yam, and Tan Khee Giap

Part III Pathways to Late-late Development

10 Industrial Policy and Learning

Wilson Peres and Annalisa Primi

11 The Journey of Ethiopian Airlines

Arkebe Oqubay and Taffere Tesfachew

12 Learning to Catch up in South East Asia

Khuong Vu and Kris Hartley

13 Learning to Catch up in Africa

Arkebe Oqubay and Taffere Tesfachew

14 How Nations Learn

Arkebe Oqubay and Kenichi Ohno