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Unique Research Study Identifies Benefits of ‘Return Migration’ for Native Workers

March 31, 2017

Doug Gavel - HKS News

Large influxes of migrants into foreign labor forces can often harm the fortunes of native workers, particularly those in low-skilled positions. A 2015 study, for instance, documented the wage losses suffered by native-born Americans in Miami as a result of the Mariel boatlift in 1980, during which as many as 125,000 Cubans immigrated to south Florida. But a new research study focusing on an entirely different set of migrants during a more recent period suggests there may be benefits to local workers when previous migrants return to work at home. … Read more about Unique Research Study Identifies Benefits of ‘Return Migration’ for Native Workers

Fears South Africa Driving into Dead End Street

March 7, 2017

Ricardo Hausmann - Business Day

Ricardo Hausmann — Harvard development economist, former Venezuelan minister of planning and long-time friend and adviser to SA’s Treasury — visited SA last week and says he fears the country is heading towards making a mistake. He served on the International Panel on Growth, which provided a rich set of recommendations to the Treasury in 2008.

Looking back at their report, compiled by 20 of the world’s top economic thinkers from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it is distressing to see how determinedly that advice… Read more about Fears South Africa Driving into Dead End Street

Sri Lanka needs economic knowhow

January 11, 2017

Ricardo Hausmann, Growth Lab research - Daily News

Professor Ricardo Hausmann of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government delivered a lecture entitled “Increasing your chances of success while leaving your comfort zone: adapting Sri Lanka’s growth model to new constraints,” yesterday at BMICH.

Hausmann, who runs the Kennedy School’s Center for International Development, and his team have been studying Sri Lanka’s economy for the past year. His lecture spanned over two hours and covered the country’s current economic shortcomings and its paths to increased growth. His… Read more about Sri Lanka needs economic knowhow

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Hausmann: Sri Lanka should rethink immigration, diaspora policies

January 10, 2017

Ricardo Hausmann, Growth Lab research - Lanka Business Online

Sri Lanka should rethink its immigration, diaspora and product development policies so as to encourage more complexity in exports, economist Ricardo Hausmann of Harvard University said in Colombo on Monday.

Immigrants and diaspora bring with them significant know-how and skills necessary for the setting up of new industries, a process which Sri Lanka could benefit from, he said.

Hausmann, the director for the Center for International Development at Harvard University, is advising Sri Lanka on how to… Read more about Hausmann: Sri Lanka should rethink immigration, diaspora policies

Newsletter: Utilizing Data & Evidence; 5 Years of PDIA; and Challenges to Sustained Growth in Panama

December 16, 2016

CID has published its December Newsletter. Did you know...

  • Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) is implementing a comprehensive capacity-building program to increase the use of rigorous data and research evidence by policymakers in South Asian countries. The initiative is carried out in six high-potential 'proof of concept' pilot projects.
     
  • Panama has been one of the fastest growing economies over the past decade, but there are challenges ahead related to sustainability and inclusiveness. The Growth Lab launched a research initiative aimed at exploring export… Read more about Newsletter: Utilizing Data & Evidence; 5 Years of PDIA; and Challenges to Sustained Growth in Panama

Economists Top 100: From Paul Krugman to Michael Porter, These Are the Most Influential Economists in the World

December 16, 2016

Ricardo Hausmann ranks 22nd in Richtopia List

Whether you’re a would-be Economist or have spent decades being one. You could be worse-off than to read the short biographies of Economists who’ve been through the journey before.

So we’ve compiled a list from top Economists. It’s a list of influential people at effectively marketing businesses and being pro-active, particularly in the social media sphere.

Our Economists list is an automatic algorithm based on social media influence, Klout scores and a secret recipe. We take into account various… Read more about Economists Top 100: From Paul Krugman to Michael Porter, These Are the Most Influential Economists in the World

These are the brutal emergency measures it would take to pull Venezuela back from total collapse right now

July 6, 2016

Growth Lab research - Quartz

Venezuela, the world’s most oil-rich nation, is currently also the world’s biggest economic basket case.

Coca-Cola has stopped Coke production because there is no sugar. International airlines—including Aeromexico last month (paywall)—are halting flights to and from Caracas because currency controls make it nearly impossible to ship profits back home. Venezuelans are looting supermarkets to feed themselves.… Read more about These are the brutal emergency measures it would take to pull Venezuela back from total collapse right now

¿De qué se trata el proyecto sobre Venezuela que está haciendo Harvard?; por Ricardo Hausmann

June 27, 2016

Ricardo Hausmann - Prodavinci

Desde finales de 2015, el Centro para el Desarrollo Internacional (CID) de la Universidad de Harvard ha venido desarrollando un proyecto de investigación sobre la difícil situación económica que atraviesa Venezuela. El objetivo del proyecto es generar la información y el conocimiento necesario para diseñar una estrategia de salida a la crisis. Ingresé a Harvard como profesor en el año 2000 y desde 2005 dirijo este centro. Durante ese tiempo he tenido la oportunidad de liderar proyectos similares para muchos países.… Read more about ¿De qué se trata el proyecto sobre Venezuela que está haciendo Harvard?; por Ricardo Hausmann