Antonio Andreoni

Antonio Andreoni
SOAS, University of London | SOAS · Department of Economics

PhD in Development Economics, Cambridge, UK

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Introduction
Antonio’s work focuses on the political economy of industrial development and policy, specifically the structural, technological and organisational dynamics whereby value is created, captured and distributed within and across different production systems and political settlements. Antonio has conducted extensive research in both advanced and developing countries on productive capabilities, learning and diversification; industrial ecosystems and innovative industrial renewal; automation technologies and public technology intermediaries; the investment-profit nexus and financialisation of manufacturing; policy enforcement and corruption in skills development, power generation and other sectors; and the nexus between corruption processes and structural transformation dynamics in LDCs.
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January 2013 - September 2014
University of Cambridge
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  • Research Associate

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Publications (48)
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Building on Alice Amsden’s legacy, the article criticises the currently dominant view of development for its neglect of production and employment. To remedy its shortcomings, the article introduces a new theoretical synthesis that sees development as a process of production transformation, led by the expansion of collective capabilities and resulti...
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The article investigates changes in the interaction between business organisations, local governments and public technology intermediaries resulting from business organisations’ shifts towards higher-value product segment opportunities. Specifically, we analyse how local governments can (or not) align their industrial policies to the industrial tra...
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A framework to assess alternative technologies in agricultural production is presented. The impact of different energy technology mixes is studied via scenario analysis. Modern energy technologies can support rural productivity and increase local incomes. Certain productive activities can cost-effectively be coupled with electricity generation. a b...
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Data and digital platforms have simultaneously upended entrenched positions in some industries, opening-up greater and disruptive competition, while driving overall higher levels of concentration through the growing power of multi-sided digital platforms. The coexistence of rivalry and collusion – a key feature of Cowling’s monopoly capitalism – pe...
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With a focus on a key production technology of the fourth industrial revolution, we look at the measurable impact of inward foreign direct investments (FDIs) and other host-country-specific factors on the adoption of industrial robots along two main segments of the automotive value chain. We find that FDIs per se do not have a significant effect on...
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Special Economic Zones (SEZ) are specific locations within a country where firms get incentives to invest, such as tax brakes, fast-track services through customs, access to infrastructure, etc. In turn, the firms must export a large proportion of their production. This creates jobs, increases foreign exchange earnings and pushes industrialisation....
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Taking South Africa as an important case study of the challenges of structural transformation, the book offers a new micro-meso level framework and evidence linking country-specific and global dynamics of change, with a focus on the current challenges and opportunities faced by middle-income countries. Detailed analyses of industry groupings and in...
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The South African case provides important insights into the challenges facing middle-income countries as they attempt to build productive capabilities to drive their structural transformation. Despite South Africa having opened up and integrated with the global economy, liberalizing trade and financial markets, it has remained stuck in relatively l...
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The metals, machinery, and mining equipment industries have been at the heart of South Africa’s industrial ecosystem. Their central position is associated with the long-term importance of mining, with which there are extensive demand- and supply-side linkages. This chapter reviews key turning points in the development and restructuring of these val...
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Structural transformation is a complex, long-term historical process entailing both structural change in the sectoral composition of an economy, as well as broader societal changes in the productive organizations, institutions, and political economy of a country. With a focus on South Africa as a middle-income country, this chapter advances a holis...
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South Africa has been experiencing premature deindustrialization and poor growth over an extended period of time. Premature deindustrialization is among the key factors locking many middle-income countries in a trap of stagnant growth and thwarting their catching-up with advanced economies. Premature deindustrialization shrinks middle-income countr...
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In this paper we identify two missing dimensions of the Human Capabilities Approach (HCA)—the collective and the productive—and in doing so we advance a ‘productionist’ perspective on development, centred around the idea of ‘collective productive capabilities’. Bringing production back to the core of the development agenda calls for an integration...
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In this paper, we discuss the challenges and the opportunities faced by developing countries that want to join the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). We first point out that the current discourse on 4IR is often based on poor understanding of the true nature of the phenomenon. Emphasising that many of the so-called 4IR technologies have...
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Production was at the heart of economics from the days of Classical economics. However, with the rise of Neoclassical economics in the late 19th century, production has lost its status as the ultimate interest of economics. Several opportunities for fruitful integration of alternative streams of economics research—Evolutionary, Structuralist and Ke...
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This paper addresses the implications of digital platforms for middle-income countries seeking to build advanced productive capabilities. To do so it develops a new ‘Digital Platform Dynamics’ framework to consider platform functions and platform power in value creation and value extraction along with the potential roles for regulation, competition...
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Instead of catching up with advanced economies, most middle-income countries have remained stuck in a middle-income trap. We identify and analyse the triple challenges of ‘breaking into’ the global economy, ‘linking up’ into global value chains while ‘linking back’ to the local production system, and ‘keeping pace’ with technological change and inn...
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Industrial policy is back at the centre stage of policy debate, while the world is undergoing dramatic transformations. This article contributes to the debate by developing a new theory of industrial policy, incorporating some issues that have been neglected so far and taking into account the recent changes in economic reality. The authors explore...
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What if we had a government prepared to implement the policies that could radically change 21st-century Britain and improve people's lives? Social and economic policies are rarely communicated clearly to the public, but it's never been more important for citizens to understand and contribute to the debate around the country's future. In everyday la...
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The paper aims at advancing our understanding of the architecture and diversification dynamics of industrial ecosystems, and identifying policies for the innovative industrial renewal of mature economies. Industrial ecosystems are here defined as multi-Tiered production systems involving heterogeneous agents operating in sectoral value chains and c...
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This article introduces the special issue Frontiers of Industrial Policy by assessing the recent academic and policy debates and pointing to the need for a renewed industrial policy agenda centred on the structure-institution-policy nexus. We argue that this agenda should be informed by historical studies revealing the context-specific dynamics of...
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Industrial policy is back in the mainstream debates. The paper provides a long-term analytical perspective of the industrial policy debate, and it critically assesses the current mainstream phase of the debate in light of three fundamental theoretical insights that developed along several decades of industrial policy theory and practice. These are...
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Following the Great Recession of 2008-2009, a significant number of governments have been increasingly providing additional incentives and support to emerging technologies and strategic sectors, above and beyond more general incentives. This paper discusses the emerging technologies and strategic sectors targeted by a selected group of oecd countri...
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The paper aims at reconstructing the industrial policy debate by focusing on a number of theoretical issues, in particular the contested nature of industrial policy—its selectivity—also in relation to manufacturing and the different rationales for industrial policy making. The paper concludes by looking ahead into the future of manufacturing and fo...
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Economists since the First Industrial Revolution have been interested in the links between economic growth and resources, often pointing to resource scarcities as a hindrance to growth. Offering a counter perspective, this volume highlights the positive role that scarcities can play in inducing technical progress and economic growth. It outlines a...
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Against the backdrop of renewed interest in manufacturing production, researchers have witnessed the emergence of a global manufacturing renaissance in different contexts. As manufacturing retakes its place in policy discussions, one realizes the striking reality of inequal distribution of global manufacturing output that has left behind a large nu...
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The paper aims to contribute to the renaissance of a manufacturing oriented view of economic system. It begins by providing a critical review of the main turning points in the manufacturing versus services debate evaluating the analytical and empirical arguments deployed in favor of each view. It goes on to describe the profound transformations in...
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This paper explores the recent evolution of manufacturing-related policies in leading OECD economies—Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. A novel framework, the industrial policy matrix, is introduced and then used to illustrate and compare policy approaches in terms of factor inputs, intervention levels, and degrees of coordi...
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The transformation of production structures has been at the centre of the historical dynamics of capitalist economies since the first Industrial Revolution. The article concentrates on production processes as principal loci of structural economic dynamics along increasing and decreasing returns trajectories. These trajectories are triggered by stru...
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The present study reviews a diverse set of countries with the most successful industrial policy experiences since the Second World War – namely, the US, Germany, Japan, Italy, Finland, (South) Korea, Singapore, China, and Brazil – with a view to deriving lessons for the UK. In Section 1, we start by reviewing the current state of the manufacturin...
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Production and learning of productive knowledge are profoundly intertwined processes as the activation of either process triggers the other, very often implying interdependent transformations. The paper aims to open the ‘production black box’ by proposing the analytical map of production as a tool for disentangling the set of interdependent relatio...
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Few ideas have been so celebrated or been capable of generating such high and broad worldwide expectations like microfinance. The aim of this essay is to critically sketch the current mainstream microfinance movement and to shed light on its broken promises and emerging contradictions. The paper claims that modern microfinance could increase its in...
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The aim of this paper is to investigate how industrial development, manufacturing in particular, has been contributing to agrarian change. In order to address this issue, it analyzes the technical bases and structural specificities – i.e. time and scale constraints – of agricultural production. Technical change in agriculture involves both improvem...
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The problem of financial inclusion represents a strategic opportunity for bank innovation.The success of microfinance in providing an answer, both operationally efficient and effective depends on the specific technology of microcredit available – i.e. the set of methodologies, criteria, instruments for risk evaluation and active monitoring of micro...

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Develop feasible and effective anti-corruption strategies based on the analysis of the economic and political drivers of corruption.
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Call for Papers: The Dynamics of Industrial and Economic Renewal in Mature Economies: Implications for Theory and Policy Editors: Antonio Andreoni (SOAS, University of London), Ha-Joon Chang (University of Cambridge), Timo Hämäläinen (Sitra, Finnish Innovation Fund) and Sue Konzelmann (Cambridge Journal of Economics and Birkbeck, University of London) For more information: https://academic.oup.com/cje/pages/call_for_a_special_issue)