Research project (2012-2014) focused at identifying the most important constraints on African growth and recommended interventions that can relax these constraints. Our researched covered four thematic areas: Productivity and Economic Growth, Innovations in Financial Services and Governance and Leadership, in Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda and Uganda.
From 2006-2008, the Growth Lab convened a panel of international experts from Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan, and other institutions to work with South African economists to study the country's constraints to and opportunities for accelerated growth.
This report is a collection of policy memos that deal with the choices the government faces going forward in the broad area of macroeconomic policies, including fiscal policy and institutions, monetary and exchange rate arrangements and policies, financial policies, industrial policy, trade policy and broad issues in institutional development.
Multi-phase research project (2015-2017) in collaboration with the Government of Sri Lanka aimed on putting growth on a sustainable and inclusive footing. Research included Growth Diagnostics and Economic Complexity analyses, and strategic support for empowering exporters to compete globally; upgrading knowhow for diversification; and achieving growth across regions.
This multi-year project has gone through different stages of evolution, from helping Albania gain macroeconomic stability, to targeted interventions in sectors with growth potential, such as agriculture, fasons, tourism, special economic zones, energy, and investments. Researchers also worked hand in hand with the government and diaspora groups in the United States to find ways of engaging Albanians abroad with social and economic development in Albania.
Funded by Mexico's Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, the goal of this project was to diagnose the challenges and obstacles confronting Baja California, Campeche and Tabasco in terms of growth and productivity, and identify the development strategy that would allow for expansion or strengthening of their industries through transitioning to activities with greater complexity or added value.
Collaboration (2014-2015) with the Mexican Ministry of Finance to examine the underlying causes of poverty in Mexico's poorest state. Our team of scholars and research fellows generated six reports including Complexity Report, Growth Diagnostic, Poverty Profile and Policy Recommendations.
Collaboration with the Dominican government to develop a strategy to create a highly-productive, internationally competitive economy. With a vision for 2030, this team of scholars, practitioners, and government agencies aimed to revitalize the Dominican economy, promoting inclusive growth and sustainable human development.
The key strengths and weaknesses of Mexico’s economic landscape are explored in a comprehensive report co-produced by the Growth Lab and World Economic Forum (WEF). The Mexico Competitiveness Report was released in June 2009 at a workshop in Mexico City attended by several top-level government officials, including Mexican President Felipe Calderón MPA/MC 2000.
Research initiative (2016-2017) aimed at exploring export diversification opportunities, and identifying goods and services that are likely to develop at the national and sub-national level. We studied the underlying conditions and made an effort to pinpoint potential binding constraints facing Panama.
Located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, Loreto's geography and the remoteness of its capital pose challenges to economic integration with the rest of the country, as do the social and environmental challenges from managing the extraction of natural resources, preserving the Amazon ecosystem, and protecting its indigenous communities.
Research initiative launched in 2015 to better understand the causes, magnitudes, and possible remedies of the Venezuelan crisis. This multi-disciplinary research team included a large group of Venezuelan specialists with a proven record of professional and academic expertise on their specific topics of interest.
Over the 2016-2017 academic year, the Growth Lab hosted four high-level discussions exploring the intersections between security, growth, and development in Latin America.
Researchers from the Growth Lab and Northeastern University's Center for Complex Network Research developed a technique for mapping Internet "footprint" of government with network science methods. They used the approach to describe and analyze the diversity in functional scale and structure among the 50 state governments reflected in the webpages and links they have created online.
A project (2018-2019) to deliver research targeted toward building a foundation for macroeconomic stability and long-term growth, with a focus on understand constraints to growth and key opportunities.
Collaborative research project (2013-2015) with the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) to examine the factors that influence the development of a robust and sustainable sports sector.
Developed as a tool to facilitate better aid coordination, the Aid Explorer enables users to understand a country's issues and which aid organizations are aligned to address these issues. By exploring the Network maps, it is possible to understand how issues, countries, and organizations relate to each other. Findings and the best alignments of countries, issues and organizations are reported in the Rankings.
Committed to understanding and strengthening the links between migration, remittances and prosperity. The Project also worked to expand the possibilities for comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. by bringing a development lens to the domestic policy debate.
Global Trade Negotiations
A portal (1999-2007) for trade research, activity, proceedings and debate.