News Archive

Listing of recent news items and announcements that originally appeared on the Center's home page.

Could Low Oil Prices End Venezuela’s Revolution?
November 3, 2014 - The New Yorker
Follow up to the op-ed written by Ricardo Hausmann and Miguel Santos suggesting Venezuela default on bond debt.

In India, Revealing the Children Left Behind
October 23, 2014 - New York Times
Lant Pritchett is quoted in an article about India's struggling educational system.

Venezuela's President crafting a disaster
September 18, 2014 - Boston Globe
Ricardo Hausmann responds to personal attacks made by Venezuelan President Maduro.

Should Venezuela Default?
September 5, 2014 - Project Syndicate
Ricardo Hausmann and Miguel Angel Santos ask whether the Venezuelan government should default on its foreign bonds.

Reducing Colombia's Large Regional Gaps
September 2014 - Dinero
Eduardo Lora says there will be little progress in Colombia if the growth remains concentrated in wealthier regions.

Saudi Arabia Cushions Labor Reforms
September 7, 2014 - Gulf Business
Asim Khwaja on the new labor reforms in Saudi Arabia.

The Courage to Develop the World
July 27, 2014 - Storify
Marcela Escobari presents at the Zermatt Summit in Switzerland

Back to 'National Development': Lant Pritchett's quest for Millennium Development Ideals
July 21, 2014 - ESID blog
A summary of Lant Pritchett's lecture, "Promoting Millennium Development Ideals: The risks of defining development down."

Measuring Ramadan
July 11, 2014 - NY Times
Filipe Campante, David Yanagizawa-Drott summarize their research paper - Does Religion Affect Economic Growth and Happiness?

The Open Drains of Latin America
June 28, 2014 - Project Syndicate
Ricardo Hausmann rebuts the view that resource rich, poor countries are victimized by those with superior technology

No Money, No Time
June 13, 2014 - NY Times
Sendhil Mullainathan's research on scarcity is featured in the New York Times' Opinionator blog.

Q&A with Ricardo Hausmann on Colombian Economy
June 11, 2014 - Portafolio
Ricardo Hausmann took stock of the Colombian economy, and said the country has a good level of protection against risks that loom over emerging nations.

Poverty Under the Microscope
June 9, 2014 - Chronicle of Higher Education
Lant Pritchett speaks out against the usefulness of randomized evaluations in development economics.

Ukraine's real problem, in four graphs
June 8, 2014 - Boston Globe
In this feature for the Boston Globe, Marcela Escobari applies CID's economic complexity theories and the Atlas online to show the risks facing Ukraine and its complex industries.

Fight against Fake Drugs
June 4, 2014 - New York Times
David Yanagizawa-Drott's research on counterfeit malaria drugs sold in Uganda is featured.

Piketty's Missing Knowhow
May 27, 2014 - Project Syndicate
Ricardo Hausmann applies Thomas Piketty's theoretical frameworks in Capital in the Twenty-First Centuryto the world today.

The Mismeasure of Technology
April 29, 2014 - Project Syndicate
Ricardo Hausmann explains why technological diffusion does not occur, according to economic theory.

What Big Data Can't Tell Us About Health Care
April 13, 2014 - The New Yorker
Amitabh Chandra on why the release of Medicare payment data is valuable to private insurers.

Fake seeds force Ugandan farmers to resort to 'bronze age' agriculture
April 8, 2014 - The Guardian
David Yanagizawa-Drott's research on falsified hybrid seeds in Uganda is referenced in the Guardian.

Ricardo Hausmann at the World Economic Forum on Latin America 2014
April 1-3, 2014 - Storify
Videos, photos, and social media commentary of Prof. Hausmann's appearances at the WEF.

Why are Rich Countries Democratic?
March 26, 2014 - Project Syndicate
Ricardo Hausmann shows why successful political systems have had to create an 'alternative invisible hand' to sustain thriving economies.

CID, ICSS to Study Sports Complexity and Governance Indicator
March 24, 2014 - CID
A summary of the research collaboration between CID and the International Centre for Sport Security.

UK's neglected regions could be fired up by the power of imagination
March 24, 2014 - The Guardian
Growth Lab research on Implied Comparative Advantage referenced in this article on UK economics.

CAF announced as Founding Member of the Atlas online
February 17, 2014
Details on the CID/CAF affiliation and Executive President Enrique García Rodriguez visit to HKS.

India's Particulate Problem
February 9, 2014 - New York Times
In this op-ed, EPoD co-director Rohini Pande and MIT's Michael Greenstone estimate that the 200 million people who live in Indian cities would lose an average of 3.3 years of life because of the high particulate matter concentrations.

Impact of lack of sea access on South Sudan
February 4, 2014 - Foreign Policy
Ricardo Hausmann's research on transport costs in landlocked countries is referenced in Foreign Policy.

A Brain's View of Economics
January 29, 2014 - Project Syndicate
Ricardo Hausmann looks at recent research on the human brain and shows what lessons for economic policy-making could be drawn.

Picking the world champion of trade
January 18, 2014 - The Economist
Ricardo Hausmann's Economic Complexity research is included in this article analyzing China's place in global trade.

Credit Score, by Multiple Choice
December 31, 2013 - The New York Times
The Entrepreneurial Finance Lab's psychometric test of credit worthiness in action.

The Specialization Myth
December 30, 2013 - Project Syndicate
Ricardo Hausmann on why the idea that cities, states, or countries should specialize in their current areas of comparative advantage is so dangerous.

Sendhil Mullainathan named a "Leading Global Thinker of 2013"
December 2013 - Foreign Policy
Sendhil Mullainathan is recognized for the research behind his book, Scarcity.

What are Rwanda’s key binding constraints to becoming self-reliant?
November 29, 2013 - The East African
The Growth Lab's growth diagnostic model is used to examine the binding constraints to Rwanda’s development path.

Open Season on the Tea Party
November 27, 2013 - US News
David Yanigizawa-Drott's research on how the Tea Party impacted the 2010 midterm elections.

Sharing knowhow is key to Mexico’s long-term growth
November 17, 2013 - Financial Times
Why Mexico is better positioned for growth than any other country in Latin America.

Beware of Asia
November 18, 2013 - Fox Business News
Lawrence Summers and Lant Pritchett warn on growth in China.

Report questions auditors' ethics
October 13, 2013 - Financial Times
Rohini Pande's research on environmental regulators is profiled.

Extreme Poverty Too Extreme
October 7, 2013 - Center for Global Development
Lant Pritchett explains why the definition of "extreme" poverty is absurdly low and completely arbitrary.

El fantástico viaje al desarrollo
September 6, 2013 - El Mundo
Q&A with Ricardo Hausmann on economic complexity.

Female doctors earn $50,000 less than male doctors
September 3, 2013 - Washington Post
Amitabh Chandra's research on the gender wage gap among doctors.

The End of the Emerging-Market Party
August 30, 2013 - Project Syndicate
Ricardo Hausmann on why it's time to reframe the debate on low-income housing.

Making government work
July 26, 2013 - Financial Express
A look at the Indian government and Lant Pritchett's commentary that India is "a flailing state."

Paying Auditors for Honest Appraisals
July 17, 2013 - Wall Street Journal (subscription)
Rohini Pande's experiment in India's Gujarat state shows a way to realign interests and incentives.

J-PAL to Open SE Asia Office
June 27, 2013 - Jakarta Post
EPoD's Rema Hanna to serve as the scientific director of the newly created Southeast Asian office of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) based at the Institute for Economic and Social Research at the University of Indonesia.

The Logic of the Informal Economy
June 19, 2013 - Project Syndicate
Ricardo Hausmann on how the specter of the "informal" economy is haunting the world's developing countries.

People Develop, Not Places
June 11, 2013 - Pacific Standard
Lant Pritchett and Michael Clemens new statistic, "Income per Natural" theory is highlighted in this article.

What to Do with Doing Business?
May 27, 2013 - Project Syndicate
Ricardo Hausmann on whether the World Bank should discontinue it's Doing Business report.

Good governance: Is it about appearance or action?
May 27, 2013 - WIDER Angle Newsletter
Matt Andrews on a growing governance agenda and post-2015 ambitions.


Aid and Complex Systems
May 22, 2013 - From Poverty to Power
Duncan Green of OxFam writes about Matt Andrews and the Problem Driven Iterative Adaption (PDIA) approach to building state capability.


The Limits of Institutional Reform in Development Discussion Panel
May 21, 2013 - Overseas Development Institute
Matt Andrews discusses his new book and its implications for the theory and practice of reforming public sector institutions in developing countries.


Q&A with Marcela Escobari
May 15, 2013 -
CID's Executive Director gets real about world poverty and what we can do as a global society to work to eliminate it.


Tackling Africa's real governance and growth gaps
May 9, 2013 - This is Africa
Matt Andrews says ease of business reforms are all the rage among African policy makers and donors, but in many cases, they are not working, serving to distract governments from the most critical growth constraints.


Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Debt?
April 30, 2013 - Project Syndicate
Ricardo Hausmann on the debate over whether high levels of public debt are associated with lower long-term economic growth.


Why Ending Extreme Poverty isn't Good Enough
April 28, 2013 - Bloomberg Business Week
Lant Pritchett's research on proposing a higher international standard for poverty is highlighted in Charles Kenny's column on extreme poverty.

The Short History of the Future of Manufacturing
April 22, 2013 - American Scientific
Ricardo Hausmann writes the future of manufacturing, like its past, involves astonishing changes. It's one part in a series of reports which examinex new technologies, materials and methods shaping the future of fabrication.

The hard road from reform to implementation
April 16, 2013 - Brenthurst Foundation
Matt Andrews elaborates on the gap between form and function in Africa.

How to win the Mexican drug war
April 12, 2013 - Washington Post
Viridiana Rios, a fellow in inequality and criminal justice at HKS, writes about her joint research project with Michele Coscia, a postdoctoral fellow at CID.

How to become capable of growth
April 2013 - IMF Podcast
Ricardo Hausmann explains how a country's capabilities are linked to its economic growth.

PFM reform: signal failure
March 28, 2013 - Public Finance International
Matt Andrews on how developing countries adopt PFM reforms without concern of local context.

Everything you think you know about poverty is wrong
March 25, 2013 - Deseret News
A recap of Lant Pritchett's presentation at the Wheatley International Affairs Conference in Sundance, Utah.

Development 3.0 - adapting leadership for a changing world
March 21, 2013 - The Guardian
Ricardo Hausmann, Matt Andrews participate in a live chat on The Guardian's Global Development Professionals Network website.

Time for a Wikipedia overseas aid policy
March 18, 2013 - Financial Times
Ricardo Hausmann says setting uniform goals for all developing countries is misguided.

CID Executive Director, Research Fellow named Young Global Leader by WEF
March 2013
CID Executive Director Marcela Escobari and Research Fellow Martina Viarengo have been named Young Global Leaders (YGL) for the World Economic Forum's Class of 2013. Escobari and Viarengo will join exceptional leaders from around the world who are working to impact global challenges.

The legacy of Hugo Chavez: low growth, high inflation, intimidation
February 25, 2013 - The Guardian
Ricardo Hausmann authors a commentary on Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.

CID Ranked 4th Best International Development Think Tank
January 2013
The 2012 Global Go To Think Tanks Index recognizes the Center for International Development.

You must make the new machines
January 4, 2013 - MIT Technology Review
Ricardo Hausmann says the U.S. has a chance to invent the manufacturing technology of tomorrow.

Institutional reforms a must for growth
December 3, 2012 - The Daily Star
A news report on Lant Pritchett's presentation "Folk and the Formula - Pathways to Capable States" for the Brac Development Institute

Ricardo Hausmann helps launch Graduate Institute's new research center
November 22, 2012 - L'Agefi

MPA/ID Students win 3rd Prize in MIT Pitch Contest
October 22, 2012

Lost your cartel? Just Google it
October 17, 2012 - New Scientist
Fellow Michele Coscia's research on tracking drug cartels

Min. Konneh Wows Harvard Students
October 5, 2012 - All Africa

Chile, lyrics and music
September 7, 2012 - Capital Magazine (in Spanish)
Renato Garcia Jimenez interviews Ricardo Hausmann about Chile's economic development.

Has environmental regulation been successful in India?
July 16, 2012 - Ideas for India
CID Faculty Rema Hanna comments on the effectiveness of environmental regulations in India, how they can successfully reduce pollution, and the inherent tradeoffs.

WEF Africa 2012: The Observatory of Economic Complexity
May 1, 2012 - This is Africa
Faculty Associate Cesar Hidalgo discusses The Observatory of Economic Complexity.

Ireland can show Greece a way out of the crisis
February 8, 2012 - Financial Times
Exports hold the key to economic survival, writes Ricardo Hausmann

2012 Smart List: 50 People who will change the world
January 24, 2012 - Wired Magazine
CID Faculty Affiliates Sendhil Mullainathan ("a rising star in behavioural economics") and Cesar Hidalgo ("a young academic bringing economics, networks and data science together") are featured as people who are going to make an impact on our future.

Scientist’s Online Interviews Draw His Peers Out of Lecture Mode
January 9, 2012 - The New York Times
Faculty Affiliate Cesar Hidalgo talks about his research and Internet show, "Cambridge Nights: Conversations About a Life in Science."

The Top 100 Global Thinkers
November 28, 2011 - Foreign Policy
Lant Pritchett is included in this unique portrait of 2011's global marketplace of ideas and the thinkers who make them.