Last week’s Economist Debate:
This house believes that industrial policy always fails. Do you agree with the motion?
28% voted yes
72% voted no
The debate is now closed
This week’s Economist leader disagrees:
In the rich world, meanwhile, the record shows, again and again, that industrial policy doesn’t work.
It’s very complicated of course, but the Economist shouldn’t canvas people, including Josh Lerner and Dani Rodrik, and then proceed to ignore them.
Instead, perhaps they could show some internal consistency; it is their regular readers who they are alienating and that ain’t very capitalist of them.
(In defence of The Economist, this does look like an interesting debate. Pity it seems they’ll ignore the result.)