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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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Growth Lab researchers meet with Namibian locals in a marketplace

Diagnosing Economic Woes and Helping Develop Cures

Like a teaching and research hospital for a medical school, the Growth Lab is training students and practitioners to do economic development policy work. In this feature story in Harvard Kennedy School Magazine, learn more about the origins of the Growth Lab, our approach to economic growth, the importance of diagnostic tools, and our homegrown staff.

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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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Gambling on Development: The Role of Local Elites in a Growth-Based Future

Stefan Dercon is Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Economics Department, and a Fellow of Jesus College. He is also Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies. Prof. Dercon's latest book, "Gambling on Development: Why Some Countries Win and Others Lose" draws on his academic research as well as his policy experience across three decades and 40-odd countries, exploring why some countries have managed to settle on elite bargains favoring growth and development, and others did not.

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The Role of the Diaspora in the Internationalization of the Colombian Economy

After surveying over 30% of the diaspora of Colombia, Growth Lab researchers and their co-authors studied a number of factors related to this diaspora.

In this Growth Lab podcast, Ana Grisanti interviews Professors Ricardo Hausmann, Annalee Saxenian, and Ljubica Nedlkoska, who describe the internationalization mission in Colombia, the role of the diaspora in this mission, and the policy implications of this research.

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A Deep Dive on the Albania Investment Corporation

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 worked with policymakers on the creation of the Albania Investment Corporation (AIC), an entity within the Albanian government responsible for engaging with both the public...

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Videos

Business Talk: Ricardo Hausmann discusses the global economic crisis

In this episode of Business Talk, Hausmann explains the Growth Lab's approach to research and policy, how the Russia/Ukraine conflict has affected the global economy, and what's next for fuel and energy prices.

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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. 

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Learnings from LEG & Exploring Growth Challenges in El Salvador

Guest Blog by Abdi Aguirre, LEG '22

When I enrolled in the Leading Economic Growth Program of the Harvard Kennedy School, I thought that I was clear about the economic challenge I wanted to address along the course. As part of the admission process, they ask you to write some lines about it, so I believed that what I had stated there was a good starting point. However, after the first weeks in the program I realized that addressing such economic challenges is not a merely a “complicated journey,” but a...

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Broadening the Sense of ‘Us’: Exploring LEG Principles in Western Australia

Guest Blog by Pippa Hepburn, LEG ’22

When we started Leading Economic Growth (LEG) ten weeks ago, I was confused by the repeated assertions from Keisha and the teaching staff that they were ‘excited’. I figured, like any good laconic Australian, that they would surely tire of this pretence and I would eventually see the real people behind the energetic façade.  

Ten weeks later, I’ve stopped waiting for any masks to slip. Week after week, I have been privileged to learn from brilliant, passionate people who care about their work and the...

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'Aha' moments: On the ground in Kazakhstan with the private sector

By Yomna Mohei Eldin

Kazakhstan is one of the least densely populated countries in the world. It has an area roughly equal to that of all of Western Europe and a population of 19 million – around that of the Netherlands. Kazakhstan became Independent in 1991 after the fall of the Soviet Union and shortly thereafter experienced an oil boom. The global commodity super-cycle ended in 2014, and oil prices fell. Kazakhstan’s unique socioeconomic history and its vulnerability to commodity price shocks...

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