Annalisa Primi, Manuel Toselli · 2020
Journal of Economic Policy Reform · Journal of Economic Policy Reform

A global perspective on industry 4.0 and development: new gaps or opportunities to leapfrog?

This paper contributes to the debate on digitalisation and development focusing on industrial organisation and production processes. It analyses the evolution of the global development landscape since the 1990s and provides a taxonomy of channels through which Industry 4.0 is redefining the patterns of value creation and appropriation. It clarifies the impacts of these changes on developing economies and presents policy options to avoid that Industry 4.0 becomes another and even greater source of development gaps within and between countries.

Full publication is available on: DOI 10.1080/17487870.2020.1727322

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Annalisa Primi

Annalisa Primi

Dr. Annalisa Primi is Senior Economist and Head of Structural Polices and Innovation Unit at the OECD Development Centre (Paris, France) in charge of analysis and policy advice on innovation, structural change and industrial development. She is the Head of the OECD Policy Dialogue Initiative on GVCs, Production Transformation and Development. She has been the lead-economist for the OECD (2013), Perspectives on Global Development 2013: Industrial policies in a Changing World. She joined the OECD in 2009, and previously to the Development Centre, she worked as economist for the Directorate of Science, Technology and Industry and for the Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development. From 2003 to 2009 she was Associated Expert Economic Officer at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL), in Santiago, Chile.

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