Why are many places still excluded from the modern economy? What can these societies do to attain levels of human comfort that we know are achievable?
These are the questions that animate the work at the Growth Lab.

At the Growth Lab, we push the frontiers of economic growth and development policy research, collaborate with policymakers to design actions, and share our insights through teaching, tools and publications, in the pursuit of inclusive prosperity.

Research

New Economic Complexity Index Country Rankings & 2030 Growth Projections

China, Vietnam, Uganda, Indonesia, and India are projected to be among the fastest-growing economies to 2030, according to new growth projections in the Atlas of Economic Complexity. The release provides the first detailed look at 2020 trade data, including major disruptions to tourism and transport vehicle exports from the global pandemic. 

Growth Projections    Country Rankings

Spotlight

Student Stories

Each year, the Growth Lab offers students opportunities to work with our team through internships and collaborations in policy research projects. In this new blog series, the students share their summer research, inspiration, challenges, and advice for future interns. 

Read Their Stories

How We Work

Academic Research

Academic Research

Our wide range of research falls into three categories – economic transformation, knowledge and technology diffusion, and the coordination of knowhow – and draws on multiple disciplines.

Policy Research

Policy Research

Through country policy engagements, we employ and test various research approaches, tailored to a country, region, or city's specific constraints, opportunities, and capacity.

Digital Tools

Digital Tools

We translate research and thoughts into web applications and interactive storytelling, all made publicly available and used by a global community of policymakers, scholars, investors, and journalists.

Teaching

Teaching

We integrate research insights into master's and doctoral degree curricula at Harvard Kennedy School and executive education curricula for senior economists and policymakers.

Media & Outreach

Media & Outreach

We engage through seminars, special events, internships, podcasts, op-eds and social media.

Publications

Publications

We diffuse insights through working papers, peer-reviewed journals, books, reports, policy briefs, etc.

Where We Work

Impact & Reach in 2021

12

Country-Specific Projects

24

Publications

127

Executive Education Participants

52

Seminars & Talks