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HKS faculty examine why the Afghan government fell and suggest pathways to stability

November 8, 2021

Ricardo Hausmann in HKS News

The second Dean’s Discussion of the semester explored Afghanistan's complicated future following the end of the U.S. military presence. Moderator Sarah Wald, the dean’s chief of staff and an adjunct lecturer in public policy, began with a broad question: What’s next for Afghanistan? Three HKS faculty members provided perspectives on what it would take to develop a safer and more prosperous country.

Economist Ricardo Hausmann, the Rafik Hariri Professor of the Practice of International Political Economy, said his focus...

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La diversificación de la producción, una clave para crear riqueza

June 20, 2015

Tim Cheston, Growth Lab research in Pagina Siete

"Bolivia ha tenido un crecimiento impresionante en los últimos años, han crecido las importaciones, ha crecido el consumo, 5% anual son los mejores números en Latinoamérica, pero la mayoría de ese crecimiento ha venido por el crecimiento en el gas y los minerales. Eso crea un crecimiento poco sostenible si no hay continuas inversiones en exploración”, afirma la directora del Centro para el Desarrollo Internacional de la Universidad de Harvard, Marcela Escobari.

El CID (la sigla en inglés) se ocupa, entre...

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US Embassy announces three-year initiative

August 24, 2019

Growth Lab research project in The Reporter

The United States Embassy in Addis Ababa is set to help kick start a three year initiative with Harvard University’s Center for International Development to help identify opportunities for an economic growth and help identify its challenges.

Michael Raynor, US Ambassador to Ethiopia and a champion of reforms initiated by the government of Abiy Ahmed (PhD), calling it, “Ambitious and essential economic reforms,” announced the new initiative that is expected to be ledby Ricardo Haussmann (PhD), who was recently in...

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The non-zero costs of zero-covid

November 12, 2021

Ricardo Hausmann, Frank Neffke, Michele Coscia and business travel research in The Economist

Some know-how is also tacit, embodied in people or teams. To transmit this know-how it is necessary to move the minds that carry it. Increasing spending on business travel by 10% raises productivity by 0.2-0.5% in the visited sector, according to a study of American travellers by Mariacristina Piva of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and her co-authors. ...

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Vietnam’s Factories Are Open Again. Where Are the Workers?

November 4, 2021

Atlas of Economic Complexity in Bloomberg Businessweek

As relations between the U.S. and China have deteriorated, Vietnam has emerged as a manufacturing hot spot, with annual exports climbing almost twentyfold in the past two decades, to $283 billion in 2020. Samsung Electronics Co. manufactures refrigerators and dishwashers there; subcontractors for Urban Outfitters, Calvin Klein, and Gap make T-shirts, jeans, and sweaters; and Nike, Adidas, and Puma get hundreds of millions of pairs of...

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Hausmann: Liberalising migrant labour policies key to propel growth

May 18, 2018

Ricardo Hausmann, Growth Lab Sri Lanka project in Sunday Observer

Sri Lanka has the potential to accelerate its economic growth by creating access to know-how through liberalised immigration policies, opines a renowned expert on development economics.

Addressing a recent lecture on the topic of ‘Accessing know-how for development’, Director of Centre for International Development (CID) at Harvard University, Prof. Ricardo Hausmann says the low addition of new products to the island’s export basket in the last two decades was primarily due to the barriers in...

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EDB collaborating with Harvard Center for International Development to boost exports

January 17, 2017

DailyFT

The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) is collaborating with the Harvard Center for International Development on a project to identify and rapidly catalyse new or emerging export sectors and enlarge Sri Lanka’s export basket. 

The initiative is being held under the guidance of the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade, the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) and the Board of Investment (BOI).  

On the request of State Minister of International Trade, Sujeewa Senasinghe, last week a meeting with Prof....

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Brasil cai em rankings mundiais de corrupção,democracia, violência e produtividade

October 4, 2021

Tim Cheston, Atlas of Economic Complexity in Folha de S.Paulo (English)

Outro ranking no qual o Brasil despencou foi o de complexidade econômica,calculado pela Universidade Harvard. O país passou da 26ª para a 53ª posição,entre 2000 e 2019 —ano mais recente para o qual há dados.

Calculado pelo Laboratório de Crescimento da instituição, o índice parte da ideiade que o nível de conhecimento em uma sociedade...

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China Is Exporting More Sophisticated Products Despite Trade War

August 3, 2021

Tim Cheston, Atlas ECI Rankings in Bloomberg News

The technological level of China’s exports increased through the trade war with the U.S., according to a new ranking, which predicts the Chinese economy will grow faster than India’s over the next decade.

China ranked 16th globally when judged by the complexity of its exports in 2019, moving up three places ahead of countries including Ireland since the onset of the trade war in 2018, according to a new study by Harvard University’s Growth Lab.

The index measures the diversity and technological...

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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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New Metroverse tool helps municipal planners, policymakers, and businesses identify opportunities for economic development

June 4, 2021

Metroverse in HKS News

Policymakers, urban planners, and businesspeople now have unprecedented access to key economic data for more than 1,000 urban areas in 79 countries, thanks to the launch of the new Metroverse analysis tool from the Growth Lab at Harvard’s Center for International Development.

The new project is an outgrowth of the Atlas of Economic Complexity, which examines countries’ technological capabilities and...

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