Macroeconomic Stability and Long-Term Growth: Lessons from Jordan


Friday, February 7, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Bell Hall (B500), Belfer Building 5th floor, HKS

spices in dishes on floor in JordanSpeakers: Miguel Angel Santos, Director of Applied Research, Growth Lab
Tim O'BrienSenior Manager, Applied Research, Growth Lab

About the Talk: From February 2018 through September 2019, the Growth Lab conducted an applied research project in Jordan centered on understanding and addressing the country’s macroeconomic disequilibria and identifying the most binding constraints to economic growth. The project team applied growth diagnostic and economic complexity methodologies in coordination with the Government of Jordan and developed over 40 problem-specific research deliverables to support government policymaking and implementation. The project, which was supported through a grant from the Open Society Foundations, helped to inform Jordan’s overall growth strategy under Prime Minister Omar Razzaz, improve policy direction in several areas (fiscal, labor markets, energy, investment promotion), and harmonize donor programming in Jordan (including by the IMF, World Bank, USAID, DFID and EBRD). During this event, team members will present key findings on the Jordanian economy, discuss innovations in applying growth diagnostic and economic complexity applications that emerged from the project, and reflect on challenges and lessons learned from this applied research effort.

Interested attendees may review project working papers in advance of the event:

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