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Growth Lab faculty, fellows, and affiliates regularly publish research in a wide range of academic and policy venues. These include working papers in either our faculty or fellows CID Working Paper series, books, book chapters, articles in top peer-reviewed journals, policy pieces, op-eds in news outlets, reports, and conference papers.

We've highlighted some of our latest releases. For a complete listing, visit our publications directory.


City Design, Planning & Policy Innovations: The Case of Hermosillo"City Design, Planning & Policy Innovations" book cover

Written by Miguel Angel Santos and Douglas Barrios—two Growth Lab research fellows—the fourth chapter titled “Is There Life After Ford?” focuses on Hermosillo’s economic competitiveness and, specifically, the reasons behind the city’s economic stagnation. It sees the city’s overreliance on the automobile industry as a primary concern. Based on two methodologies developed at the Growth Lab—the Growth Diagnostic and the Economic Complexity Analysis—this piece proposes alternative pathways for Hermosillo’s future economic growth. The chapter summarizes a collaboration between the Growth Lab and the IDB in the context of the Action Plan for the city of Hermosillo, which led this team of experts to implement these methodologies at the city-level for the first time.


People standing by train in Berlin, GermanyThe Mobility of Displaced Workers: How the Local Industry Mix Affects Job Search

Are there Marshallian externalities in job search? In research published in the Journal of Urban Economics, Frank Neffke, Anne Otto and Cesar Hidalgo study how workers who lose their jobs in establishment closures in Germany cope with their loss of employment. About a fifth of these displaced workers do not return to social-security covered employment within the next three years. Among those who do get re-employed, about two-thirds leave their old industry and one-third move out of their region.


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