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 repository.


Rows of bicyclesProductive Ecosystems and the arrow of development

What drives economic development? Or more precisely, what constrains economic development? An emerging consensus on this question surrounds the role of locally embedded productive capabilities and the idea that countries build on their existing capabilities to move into new economic activities. In new research published in Nature Communications, Neave O'Clery, Muhammed Yildirim and Ricardo Hausmann develop a mathematical model based on capability accumulation of countries and use this model to construct a directed network of products, the Eco Space. They uncover a modular structure in the network and show that low- and middle-income countries move from product clusters dominated by few capability products to advanced (many capability) products over time. They also show that the network model is predictive of product appearances in countries over time. 


Empty trading stalls in Durban, South AfricaEconomics of COVID-19 in three sub‑Saharan African countries: Ethiopia, Namibia and South Africa

Except for some flashpoints in Northern and Southern Africa, the continent has been largely spared from the direct health effect of COVID-19. However, the African economy has been significantly hurt by the economic consequences. In this book chapter, Growth Lab director Ricardo Hausmann and research fellow Patricio Goldstein examine the impact of COVID-19 in Ethiopia, Namibia & South Africa. While all three economies faced some degree of economic slowdown before the pandemic, the effect of, and the policy response to, COVID-19 have been different.

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