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In addition to academic research and policy papers, the Growth Lab shares research insights and the impact of our work through visual stories, blogs, newsletters, podcasts, videos, and press releases.

Our work has been featured in various media outlets including the BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, The Economist, The Financial Times, New York Times, Wall St. Journal, and Washington Post.

Media members seeking expert commentary and interviews with Growth Lab researchers should email Chuck McKenney.

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Planting Seeds for Public Policy

For nearly three decades, a deep-rooted collaboration involving the Growth Lab, Harvard Kennedy School, and the Masters Programs for Development (MpD) at Catholic University of Bolivia has thrived by supporting the development of homegrown public policy and research programs that share our mission. Learn how we are extending this collaboration's impact through joint research and knowledge exchange.

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Big Government Is Turbo-Charging the U.S. Economy. Can It Transform Europe?

June 11, 2021

The Atlas of Economic Complexity in the Wall Street Journal

Now that the West fears losing its economic lead, it is slowly shifting gears. On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed a $250 billion bill designed to help American companies face off against China, which includes building up domestic semiconductor capacity. The EU is granting antitrust exemptions to climate-focused industrial policy.

Yet Northern Europe seems more predisposed to identify favored sectors. Italian and Spanish officials remain reluctant, even though the Harvard Kennedy School of...

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Los nuevos alcaldes necesitarán “Metroverse”

June 5, 2021

Metroverse in SDP Noticias

Después de festejar, el próximo lunes, los alcaldes electos de las principales ciudades de México tendrán que hacer frente a la realidad. Diseñarán sus estrategias de transición, conformarán sus equipos y se prepararán para iniciar sus gobiernos. Aquí hay una buena noticia para ellos.

El “Growth Lab” (laboratorio de crecimiento) de la Universidad de Harvard anunció el miércoles pasado el lanzamiento de Metroverse” , un navegador de información urbana diseñado para proporcionar datos económicos sin precedentes para más de 1,000...

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Is Mexico’s President a Threat to Its Democracy?

June 4, 2021

Atlas of Economic Complexity in the Wall Street Journal

The uncertainty and the ensuing pandemic have dramatically slowed business investment. Gross fixed investment from both the government and business fell 4.6% during 2019, Mr. López Obrador’s first full year in power, and then another 18.2% in 2020, according to figures from the national statistics institute. Foreign direct investment for the past two years has been down about $5 billion a year to $30 billion.

Mexico's economy has diversified substantially since opening up more than three decades ago....

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Podcasts

Evolving Technologies & Market Ecologies

Ricardo Hausmann joins J. Doyne Farmer (INET/Oxford) on the Sante Fe Institute's Complexity Podcast to discuss how supply chains, finance, labor, technological innovation, and geography interact in puzzling nonlinear ways.

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Iterations of a Growth Diagnostic: The Case Study of Albania

The Growth Lab has been engaged in an applied research project with the country of Albania since 2013. In this time, we have conducted research on numerous, diverse workstreams related to stimulating economic growth in the country.

During this research engagement, our team conducted Growth Diagnostic analyses to understand and test potential binding constraints to economic growth in Albania. After the initial Growth Diagnostic study in 2013,...

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A Snapshot of the Growth Lab's Research Engagement in Albania

The Growth Lab has been engaged in an applied research project with the country of Albania since 2013. In this time, we have conducted research on numerous, diverse workstreams related to stimulating economic growth in the country.

In this podcast episode, we kick off a larger outreach campaign, which showcases our engagement in Albania, by gathering members of our research team to discuss their work. Hosted by research assistant Jessie Lu, this podcast features Ermal Frasheri, Tim O’Brien, Shreyas Gadgin Matha, Spencer Bateman, Ricardo Villasmil, and Daniela Muhaj,...

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Productive Ecosystems and the Arrow of Development

What drives economic development? Or more precisely, what constrains economic development? An emerging consensus on this question surrounds the role of locally embedded productive capabilities and the idea that countries build on their existing capabilities to move into new economic activities. In new research published in Nature Communications, Neave O'Clery, Muhammed Yildirim and Ricardo Hausmann develop a mathematical model based on capability accumulation of countries and use this model to construct a directed network of products, the Eco Space. They uncover a modular structure in...

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Videos

Community Engagement as a Frontline to National Development: The Peace Corps Experience

In this Development Talks Seminar, Jody Olsen, former director of the Peace Corps, discusses the global perception of the Corps, its development model, the challenge of functioning in different environments, the future of the agency, and more.

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Accelerating Sustainable Growth in Albania through Targeted Investment Promotion

Leveraging targeted investment promotion within Albania's growth strategy would lead to more jobs, better quality jobs, faster convergence with the income levels of the rest of Europe, and ultimately less outmigration.

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Student Stories: From DEV 309 to Analyzing WAEMU's Impact on Trade

Julia Conrad head shotJulia Conrad is a second-year MPA/ID student at Harvard Kennedy School. She was accepted into the Growth Lab's 2022 Summer Internship Program and contributed to the newly formed Pan-Africa research agenda. Our team is exploring the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the underlying constraints that have held African nations back from economic diversification and structural transformation.... Read more about Student Stories: From DEV 309 to Analyzing WAEMU's Impact on Trade

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Student Stories: Unlocking Green Hydrogen in Namibia

Henry Rounds photoHenry Rounds is a second-year MPA/ID student at Harvard Kennedy School. He was accepted into the Growth Lab's 2022 Summer Internship Program and contributed to the project in Namibia. This two-year policy engagement with the Government of Namibia focuses on supporting implementation efforts on a range of growth- and inclusion-related challenges.... Read more about Student Stories: Unlocking Green Hydrogen in Namibia

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Student Stories: Fighting Altitude and Teaching Public Policy in Bolivia

Marco Brancher is a second-year MPA/ID student at Harvard Kennedy School. He was accepted into the Growth Lab's 2022 Summer Internship Program and participated in our engagement with the Master’s Programs for Development (MpD) at Catholic University of Bolivia. This focus of the project is to strengthen the teaching and studies of the public policy challenges in Bolivia.... Read more about Student Stories: Fighting Altitude and Teaching Public Policy in Bolivia

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