Over two days and eight sessions, the Reimagining the Economy Project brought together researchers and policy practitioners from around the world to take stock of the range of current thinking in productive development policies.

Event poster with all speakers


In eight sessions over two days, speakers addressed questions such as: how are governments using the tools of industrial policy across a range of domains and objectives - to navigate the energy transition, growth in agriculture and small and medium enterprise, to enable innovation and job creation, and to address regional disparities? What new approaches are being used? How do approaches of emerging and advanced economies differ? Stemming from all of this, what are the institutional arrangements and state capacity concerns undergirding the implementation of these policies? Who are the actors and agencies involved and what roles do they play? How are the capabilities of these actors being built? 

The panel discussions were organized around the following themes (discussion summaries and videos will be available soon)

  • Taking Stock: Recent Evidence on Industrial Policy
  • Institutions and Governance for Industrial Policy
  • Directing Inclusive and Sustainable Growth: A New Approach to Industrial Policy with Conditionalities
  • Industrial Policy for Innovation
  • Industrial Policy for the Green Transition
  • The Imperative to Redirect Technological Change
  • Industrial Policy for SMEs
  • Industrial Policy for Good Jobs

Daron Acemoglu

Institute Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Matt Andrews

Edward S. Mason Senior Lecturer in International Development, Harvard Kennedy School

Yuen Yuen Ang

Alfred Chandler Chair of Political Economy, Johns Hopkins University

Jie Bai

Assistant Professor in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Eliana Carranza

Global Co-Lead for Labor and Skills, World Bank

Chiara Criscuolo

Head, Productivity Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Science Technology and Innovation Directorate, OECD

Piero Ghezzi

Founding Partner, HacePeru.pe; Former Minister of Production, Peru 

Michela Giorcelli

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of California Los Angeles

Gordon Hanson

Peter Wertheim Professor in Urban Policy, and Faculty Co-Director, Reimagining the Economy Project, Harvard Kennedy School

Ricardo Hausmann

Rafik Hariri Professor of the Practice of International Political Economy, and Founder and Director, Growth Lab, Harvard Kennedy School

Alisha Holland

Professor of Government, Harvard University 

Abhishek Jain

Fellow & Director - Powering Livelihoods, Council on Energy, Environment and Water

Myrto Kalouptsidi

Professor, Department of Economics, Harvard University

Asim Khwaja

Director,  Center for International Development, Professor of International Finance and Development, Harvard Kennedy School

Rohit Lamba

Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Pennsylvania State University

Nathan Lane

Associate Professor in Economics, Oxford University

Munseob Lee

Assistant Professor of Economics, UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy

Mariana Mazzucato

Professor in the Economics of Innovation & Public Value, University College London (UCL); Founding Director, UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

Barry Naughton

So Kwan Lok Chair of Chinese International Affairs, School of  Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego

Dani Rodrik

Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School

Charles Sabel

Professor of Law and Social Science, Columbia Law School

Ernesto Stein

Professor at Tecnologico de Monterrey, former IDB Representative in Mexico

Alessio Terzi

Economist, Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Union; Lecturer in Public Policy, Cambridge University

Elizabeth Thurbon

Deputy Head of School (Research) and Professor of International Political Economy, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture (ADA) at UNSW Sydney

Andres Valenciano Yamuni

 Director, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Washington, D.C.; former Minister of Foreign Trade, Costa Rica

Andres Zahler

Assistant Professor, Institute for Public Policy, Diego Portales University

Nimrod Zalk

Chief Research Officer: Climate and Development, University of Cape Town Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance; Former Deputy Director-General: Sectors in the South African Department of Trade, Industry and Competition