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Nigeria’s MAX goes from strength to strength as milestones rack up

October 5, 2016

Disrupt Africa

It has been quite a year for Nigerian e-courier startup Metro Africa Express (MAX), which only formally launched in August of 2015.

Since then the startup, which was formed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has been named runner-up at the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield event in London and named a “Top 12 Global Inclusive Growth Idea” by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Harvard Center for International Development.

It followed that up by becoming the first African team to gain admission into the Techstars startup accelerator...

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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

GEM16: How Individuals & Societies Learn

GEM16: How Individuals & Societies Learn

June 3, 2016

Harvard’s Center for International Development (CID) hosted its annual Global Empowerment Meeting (GEM) on April 13th and 14th, 2016. This year’s event was made possible in collaboration with the MasterCard Foundation. In its eighth year, GEM continues to feature cutting-edge research and initiatives in global development and bring together business leaders, policymakers and academics to discuss ideas that revolutionize development paradigms. This year’s theme was on learning—how individuals and societies learn and the vast socio-economic implications of this process.

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Mobility of Workers Key for Diffusion of Industries

March 18, 2016

Diversification is critical to a country’s long term economic growth plan, especially as many older industries shrink in a world of globalization and rapid technological evolution. But establishing new industries in a region requires access to workers with the right skills and know-how. By definition, local workers lack experience in these new industries. So how do “pioneer” plants, the plants that are the first of their kind in a region, overcome this difficulty? Do they train locals or hire experienced workers from elsewhere? New research at the Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University finds that pioneers are much more likely than other plants to hire their better-paid, higher-skilled workers from outside the region, lending evidence that mobility of workers is crucial for new industries to diffuse.... Read more about Mobility of Workers Key for Diffusion of Industries

CID Ranked 2nd Best University Think Tank in the World

March 18, 2016

The Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University has been ranked the 2nd best university think tank and 5th best international development think tank, according to UPenn's new 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index.

The Index - produced annually by James McGann, director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania’...

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The top 10 sources of data for international development research

The top 10 sources of data for international development research

March 17, 2016

The Guardian

It’s easy to be a bit nostalgic for work pre-internet, when research could involve exploring the dusty confines of the British Library or the excitement of digging out an old tome from a government archive with numbers on Ugandan coffee exports from 1957. But nothing really beats the satisfaction available today from downloading in just three or four clicks the entire import-export database for the same country. Yet, it can be tempting to make Wikipedia or Google the default for research. So, here are some gems which make international development research better, easier and more productive.

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En bienes exportados, Barranquilla es el de más complejidad económica

February 25, 2016

Colombia Atlas in La Republica

Bogotá - En agosto de 2014, se anunció la creación del Atlas de la Complejidad Económica, liderado por el profesor Ricardo Hausmann de la Universidad de Harvard, para identificar las potencialidades de cada región. El presidente de Bancóldex, Luis Fernando Castro, habló con LR sobre los primeros hallazgos que está entregando esta herramienta, que se publicaría por completo dentro de un mes.

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Q&A with Ricardo Hausmann

December 16, 2015

Progreso, Fundacion BBVA MicroFinanzas

What do you think are the key determinants of a country’s economic and social development?

Life in modern-day society is complex. It requires numerous complementary ingredients and, if just one of them is missing, it will have huge negative effects. Thus, two equally poor countries may suffer from the absence of very different ingredients. This is also why simple recipes, such as education, microcredit or “institutions”, are inadequate answers. But if I had to come up with a synthetic vision to encompass all developing countries, I would say that the secret to development or, in any case, the most difficult ingredient to accumulate is collective know-how or knowing-how-to-do things. The secret to prosperity is technology, but technology is expressed in three kinds of elements: tools or equipment, codes or prescriptions, and know-how or tacit knowledge. While tools and prescriptions are easy to disseminate, know-how is hard to spread, because it is acquired slowly through imitation and repetition, in the same way that we learn to walk or learn a language as children. Nobody learns to play a sport or diagnose a patient by reading about it. It requires years of practice.... Read more about Q&A with Ricardo Hausmann

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