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2020

CID Hosts Global Empowerment Meeting (GEM20)
September 2020
The Global Empowerment Meeting (GEM) is the annual flagship event offering of Harvard’s Center for International Development. Watch the recording and view event highlights.

Growth Lab Launches VizHub Visualization Tools for Economic Policy Analysis
September 15, 2020
CID's Growth Lab has launched the ‘Viz Hub,’ a portfolio of award-winning visualization tools and interactive stories, powered by its research on economic complexity, growth diagnostics, structural transformation, diversification, skills, and more. 

New Growth Lab Research Identifies Business Travel as Driver of Economic Growth
August 11, 2020
New research from CID's Growth Lab finds a direct link between a country’s incoming business travel and the growth of new and existing industries. The findings are published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour

Carmen Reinhart named Chief Economist & Vice President of the World Bank Group
May 20, 2020
Harvard Kennedy School Professor Carmen M. Reinhart has been appointed as the new chief economist and vice president of the World Bank Group.

Melissa Dell Wins 2020 Clark Medal
April  28, 2020
CID Faculty Melissa Dell received the prestigious John Bates Clark Medal. The prize is awarded annually to an American economist under the age of 40 for making significant contributions to thought and knowledge in the field.

Insight: Don't forget the middle class in social protections programs
April  16, 2020, Jakarta Post
CID EPoD Faculty Director Rema Hanna coauthors an op-ed on expanding social protections in Indonesia to include the middle and lower-middle class. 

Smart Containment with Active Learning: A Proposal for a Data-Responsive and Graded Response to COVID-19
April  16, 2020
CID Director Asim I. Khwaja coauthors a multidisciplinary proposal with a team of experts, experienced researchers and practitioners to respond to COVID-19. Elements of the proposal are being tested in various places – including Pakistan.

Cushioning the Poor from the COVID-19 Shock
April  15, 2020, Project Syndicate
CID EPoD Faculty Director Rema Hanna coauthors an op-ed providing general guidelines to help resource-strained governments respond in crisis.

Growth Lab's COVID-19 Task Force: Strategy & Resources
April  2020
CID Growth Lab Director Ricardo Hausmann has established a COVID-19 task force to support project counterparts across the globe. 

Santo Domingo Foundation Provides $25M Gift for COVID-19 Support in Colombia 
April  2020
The Santo Domingo Foundation provided a gift of $25m to support COVID-19 efforts in Colombia. The purpose of the gift is to provide humanitarian assistance, mitigate the effects of the pandemic, and to help reactivate the country's economy.

Will COVID-19 Remake the World
April 6, 2020, Project Syndicate
In an op-ed for Project Syndicate, CID Core Faculty Dani Rodrik emphasizes that crises such as the COVID-19 pandemics engender confirmation bias. He argues that current political, economic, and social beliefs are only going to be placed in sharper relief after the crisis.

Public Leadership Through Crisis Blog Series
April 2020
In a series of blog posts, Building State Capability Faculty Director Matt Andrews shares ideas for leaders questioning how they can help and what kind of leadership is required in crises.

Can Microfinance Unlock the Poverty Trap for Some Entrepreneurs?
March 27, 2020, VoxDev
In an article for VoxDev, CID Affiliate Faculty Emily Breza, Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Cynthia Kinnan discuss poverty traps and microfinance.  

The Historical Roots of Economic Development
March 27th, 2020, Science Magazine
CID Faculty Affiliate Nathan Nunn writes an article for Science magazine reviewing an emerging area of research within economics that seeks to better understand contemporary economic outcomes by taking a historical perspective. 

Q&A with Development Economist Rema Hanna
March 25th, 2020
In light of the global COVID-19 outbreak, EPoD Faculty Director Rema Hanna provides her expertise as a development economist to answer questions on the economic impacts of a pandemic, like the novel coronavirus, and the resulting effects for developing countries.

Flattening the COVID-19 Curve in Developing Countries
March 24th, 2020
In a new op-ed for Project Syndicate, Growth Lab Faculty Director Ricardo Hausmann proposes four measures that would help the Global South fight the pandemic and mitigate its economic fallout.

Emily Breza Announced as Sloan 2020 Research Fellow
February 13, 2020
The Center for International Development congratulates Emily Breza, Assistant Professor at the Harvard Economics Department and CID Faculty Affiliate, who was announced as a 2020 Sloan Research Fellow.

2019

How Coworkers Impact the Value of Your Skills
December 19, 2019
Research at CID's Growth Lab finds that the skills of coworkers may matter as much as a worker’s own skills when it comes to earning high wages.

Harvard's Michael Kremer Awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics
October 15, 2019
The Center for Economic Development offers congratulations to Michael Kremer, who has won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics.

Remembering Guillermo Perry
September 27th, 2019
The Center for International Development is mourning the loss of Guillermo Perry, who passed away on September 27th.  

Growth Lab's New Data Tool Identifies Diversification Opportunities for 130 Countries
September 20, 2019
CID's Growth Lab launched Country Profiles, a unique data visualization tool that guides users on an interactive journey through a country’s economic structure and dynamic growth patterns. 

China Risks, Unlike Mexico Tariffs, Aren’t Vanishing
Bloomberg - June 11, 2019
John Authers opines on the release of the Growth Lab's 2027 Growth Projections, with a particular focus on Uganda and Egypt. 

Don’t Blame Washington for Venezuela’s Oil Woes: A Rebuttal
Americas Quarterly - May 2, 2019
CID Director Ricardo Hausmann and Growth Lab Associate Frank Muci refute claims that US sanctions played a role in Venezuela's collapse.

Help Yourself: Development economists look to better governance to improve the lives of the world’s poorest people
HKS Magazine - Spring 2019 Issue
In this HKS Magazine profile, learn how researchers at Evidence for Policy Design and Building State Capability are engaging with national, state, and local officials and helping build capacity to deliver basic services.

Indonesia and the Quest for 7% Growth: Overpromise or Underperformance?
Atlas of Economic Complexity - April 2019
The Growth Lab's Tim Cheston examines Indonesia's short and long term growth policies, the stagnant manufacturing industry, along with a shrinking fiscal window with which to stimulate growth.

Asim Ijaz Khwaja appointed faculty director of the Center for International Development at Harvard Kennedy School
April 4, 2019
HKS announces leadership changes at CID. 

Social Connections Driving Force Behind Migration
April 2019
Growth Lab researchers find that social networks abroad and at home have a bigger impact on migration intentions than living standards, employment, and amenities 

Tourist Spending Insights Provide Unprecedented View of Global Tourism
February 2019
How can policymakers better tailor their tourism strategies to advance economic development and inclusive growth? Growth Lab research insights are helping to provide a deeper understanding of tourism spending patterns.

Understanding Venezuela's Collapse
Harvard Gazette - February 12, 2019
CID Director Ricardo Hausmann discusses the nation’s political unraveling, its humanitarian crisis, and where stability might be found.

A New Home for Extreme Poverty: Middle-Income Countries
New York Times - January 28, 2019
EPoD's Rohini Pande, Vestal McIntyre, and MIT's Lucy Page explain how global aid risks neglecting hundreds of millions in poverty who live in countries that are becoming relatively rich.

2018

Targeting the Poor
Finance & Development - December 2018
Rema Hanna, et al, examine the forms of social protection developing countries are delivering to their poor citizens, and how they can be optimized.

How many more migrants and refugees can we expect out of Venezuela?
Brookings Up Front - December 2018
Douglas Barrios and Dany Bahar explain how the number of Venezuelan migrants and refugees could surpass 8 million.

How to End Venezuela’s Nightmare
Project Syndicate - December 2018
Ricardo Hausmann says Venezuela’s problems will not be solved without regime change and that could – and should – happen after January 10, when the international community will no longer recognize the legitimacy of Nicolás Maduro's presidency.

Mapping Project Reveals New Way to Study Government
November 2018
CID and Northeastern research collaboration develops a new way of empirically mapping the functional structures of governments. ;

New Service Export Data Visuals Offer Pathways to Promote Economic Growth
September 12, 2018
CID's Atlas of Economic Complexity now features trade in services, including tourism, transport, finance, and telecom for over 170 countries.

The knowhow path to Sri Lankan development
DailyFT - September 5, 2018
Ricardo Hausmann explains why Sri Lanka’s choice of being closed to immigration matters for development.

The Measure of a Tragedy
NPR's Planet Money: The Indicator - June 19, 2018
Ricardo Hausmann joins Stacey Vanek Smith and Cardiff Garcia and shares indicators that capture the horrifying scale of the catastrophe in Venezuela.

Emergence, long-term
Financial Times - May 7, 2018
The FT's John Authers on CID's 2026 Growth Projections.

Harvard offers hope on SA economy
Sunday Times LIVE - May 4, 2018
Sunday Times LIVE examines South Africa's ranking in the 2026 Growth Projections.

Southeast Asia Surging in CID's New Global Growth Projections
May 3, 2018
Countries that have diversified their economies into more complex sectors, like India and Vietnam, are those that will grow the fastest in the coming decade. 

Here Are the Countries Safest From a Robot Job Revolution
Fortune Magazine - April 2, 2018
Automation may render millions of jobs obsolete—but some countries may be in a better position to face the robots than others.

Harvard Economist Calls for Tariff Reforms to Increase Exports
Daily FT - February 9, 2018
Making a compelling case against tariff regimes, renowned Harvard economist Dr. Robert Lawrence yesterday called for a simpler system with significantly lower tariffs in order to increase Sri Lanka’s exports.

Development, Collective Know-how and Us
January 29, 2018
During a talk at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Ricardo Hausmann discussed the importance of collective know-how in technology diffusion and the importance of a sense of us in creating the needed cooperation to support the implementation of technology. 

2017

India-China Trade War Breaking Ties?
The Dollar Business - October 2017 (Interview on Page 21)
Past research found that a country is more likely to start entering the production of those products which its neighbouring countries are competitive at producing and that is true in India's case too.

As a Debt Deadline Looms for Venezuela, Maduro Is Defiant
The New York Times - November 2017
With the threat of default looming over Venezuela, President Nicolás Maduro said late Thursday that his government would initiate a restructuring and refinancing of the country’s foreign debt.

The Moral Identity of Homo Economicus
Project Syndicate - November 2017
Two recent books – Identity Economics by Nobel laureate George Akerlof and Rachel Kranton and The Moral Economy by Sam Bowles – indicate that a quiet revolution is challenging the foundations of the dismal science, promising radical changes in how we view many aspects of organizations, public policy, and even social life.

Eldest son preference is main cause of Child Stunting in India
Daily Pakistan - November 2017
Child stunting in India – where over 30 percent of worlds stunted children live –  exceeds that in poorer regions like Sub-Saharan Africa, according to a report published by American Economic Association.

These 5 Countries Expect Major Economic Growth for the Next Decade
Capitalism.com - October 2017
New research shows that the global economy is making a major turn toward rapid economic growth, and will continue trending in that direction over the coming years.

Recipes for thriving cities
Harvard Magazine - September-October 2017
What does it take for a nation to become a bustling center for international trade? Ricardo Hausmann, professor of the practice of economic development and director of Harvard’s Center for International Development, has determined that countries with economies that are more complex—those with the most skills and capabilities—will be able to produce the greatest diversity of goods, and therefore become wealthier through success in international trade.

Small steps, Big change
August 30, 2017
HKS writer Katie Gibson explains how CID's Building State Capability program helps government officials in developing countries who recognize that implementation of policies and programs is their weakest link, better their skills and ensure that it is adaptable to their own specific context and challenges.

The Urban Theory of Everything - Why Seemingly Unrelated Phenomena Tend to Thrive in Large Cities
August 1, 2017
As we experience rapid urbanization around the globe it becomes more critical to understand the dynamics of cities and their dual capacity to spur creativity and wealth, and to amplify crime and disease. A research collaboration between CID and the T.H. Chan School of Public Health has resulted in the formation of a unified model to analyze how social phenomena occur in urban areas.

Can Venezuela Resurrect Its Economy?
July 26, 2017 - Council on Foreign Relations
President Nicolas Maduro has neither the desire nor the capacity to institute the market reforms and debt restructuring needed to revive Venezuela’s sinking economy, says economist Ricardo Hausmann.

India will be base to the economic pole of global growth over the coming decade 
July 6, 2017 - The Hindustan Times
CID's 2025 Global Growth Projections forecast India as one of the fastest growing economies to 2025, at 7.7% annually  

Uganda Among Fastest Growing Economies by 2025
July 5, 2017 - Uganda Radio Network
CID's 2025 Global Growth Projections place Uganda at the top of the list on the fastest growing economies by 2025

New 2025 Global Growth Projections Predict China’s Further Slowdown and the Continued Rise of India
June 28, 2017 - CID 2025 Global Growth Projections
The economic pole of global growth has moved from China to neighboring India, where it is likely to stay over the coming decade

Tourism Knowledge Exchange 2017: Delivering on Inclusion Through Tourism
June 21, 2017 - World Bank Tourism Knowledge Exchange
Watch CID Fellow Michele Coscia present on the economic impact of the tourism sector at the World Bank Tourism Knowledge Exchange

"Us and Prosperity" - Ricardo Hausmann gives a keynote speech at Rafael del Pino Foundation in Madrid
June 9, 2017 - Rafael del Pino Foundation in Madrid, Spain
Ricardo Hausmann, participated as keynote speaker at the Rafael del Pino Foundation in Madrid, Spain

The Hunger Bonds
May 26, 2017 - Ricardo Hausmann for Project Syndicate
Investing often creates moral dilemmas over goals: Should we aim to do well or to do good? Is it appropriate to invest in tobacco companies?

Unique Research Study Identifies Benefits of ‘Return Migration’ for Native Workers
March 31, 2017 - Doug Gavel - HKS News
New CID research study suggests that there may be benefits to local workers when previous migrants return to work at home

Charting a path towards Lanka’s durable success
March 13, 2017 - Ricardo Hausmann for Daily News
Ricardo Hausmann describes how CID is collaborating with the Government of Sri Lanka on a strategy to make progress faster, more sustainable and inclusive.

Fears South Africa Driving into Dead End Street
March 7, 2017 - Ricardo Hausmann - Business Day
Ricardo Hausmann shares his views on the future of South Africa, its challenges and possible paths to prosperity

Sri Lanka to boost economic diplomacy with Harvard University
March 7, 2017 - EconomyNext
Sri Lanka's government is boosting its economic diplomacy capacity with Harvard University which will help boost investments and exports

Harvard University to conduct online Economic Diplomacy course for Sri Lanka 
March 7, 2017 - Colombo Page 
Officials of Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry and Commerce Department announcement participation in Matt Andrews PDIA online course.

How long will it take Venezuela to recover from the economic debacle?
February 28, 2017 - Prodavinci
CID Research Fellows Miguel Santos and Douglas Barrios explore what's next for Venezuela's economy.

CID Ranked One of World’s Best Think Tanks
Feb. 3, 2017
CID has been named the 2nd best university think tank in the world by UPenn's 2016 Think Tank Index.

Harvard alerta sobre desaceleración y la desigualdad en Panamá 
Feb. 2, 2017 - La Estrella Panama
Details growth diagnostic and economic complexity analysis done in Panama by Ricardo Hausmann, Luis Espinoza and Miguel Santos.

Sri Lanka needs economic knowhow
Jan. 11, 2017 - Daily News

Hausmann: Sri Lanka should rethink immigration, diaspora policies
Jan. 10, 2017 - Lanka Business Online
Ricardo Hausmann explains why Sri Lanka should rethink its immigration, diaspora and product development policies.

Words of Wisdom from Hausmann over Lankan exports push
Jan. 10, 2017 - Mirror Business

2016

The Top 100 Influential Economists
December 2016 - Richtopia
Ricardo Hausmann and Dani Rodrik rank in the top 25 of this list based on social media influence.

These Harvard Economists Offer Differing Views for How to Save Venezuela
October 19, 2016 - Bloomberg News
Ricardo Hausmann and Francisco Rodriguez offer differing views on how to handle the crisis in Venezuela.

Restructuring Debt in the Dark
October 6, 2016 - Project Syndicate
Ricardo Hausmann and Mark Walker on debt restructuring in Venezuela.

Making Microfinance More Effective
October 5, 2016 - Harvard Business Review
Rohini Pande, et al, conducts a review of rigorous academic studies of financial service innovations among the very poor to find out what services and products would unlock the most value for those at the bottom of the pyramid

The surge in violent crime is overblown — but here’s how to combat it
September 30, 2016 - Vox
Despite an increase in violent crime, Thomas Abt explains why there simply is no national crime wave, as certain candidates and commentators might have you believe.

Q&A with Ditmir Bushati, Albania's Minister of Foreign Affairs 
September 21, 2016 
Minister Bushati talks with CID about the Albania diaspora and other foreign policy topics.

Put Globalization to Work for Democracies
September 18, 2016 - NY Times
Dani Rodrik says globalization has deepened the economic and cultural divisions between those who can take advantage of the global economy and those who don’t have the resources and skills to do so.

Trump’s Foreign Admirers
August 25, 2016 - Project Syndicate
Ricardo Hausmann op-ed on immigration policies of Latin America.

The Need for a Pivot to Learning: New Data on Adult Skills from Indonesia
August 10, 2016 - CGD Blog
Lant Pritchett examines adult literacy rates and numeracy skills in Indonesia and lobbies for developing country education systems to pivot to learning.

Emergency measures it would take to pull Venezuela back from total collapse right now
July 6, 2016 - Quartz
Growth Lab research on Venezuela's trade market is featured.

Venezuela Needs International Assistance to Recover
June 28, 2016 - New York Times
Ricardo Hausmann op-ed on what the world could do to help Venezuela out of its current crisis.

Innovation is Not Enough
June 9, 2016 - Project Syndicate
Dani Rodrik says it is the economy-wide productivity consequences of technological innovation, not innovation per se, that lifts living standards.

Caught in the Middle
June 4, 2016 - The Economist
Asim Khwaja on the challenges small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing regions have with access to finance.

CONCYTEC presentó uso y potencialidad del atlas peruano de la complejidad económica
May 24, 2016 - Peru Informa
CONCYTEC launches the Peruvian Atlas of Economic Complexity.

Senate Confirms Marcela Escobari as Head of USAID Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean   
May 20, 2016
Marcela Escobari is leaving her position as Executive Director of CID to lead USAID's Latin America and Caribbean Bureau.

What the world can learn from Argentina's holdout saga  
May 20, 2016 - Vox/CEPR's Policy Portal
Eduardo Levy Yeyati and Juan José Cruces ask what lessons the world can draw from Argentina’s protracted and litigious restructuring saga.

How To Get India’s Women Working? First, Let Them Out Of The House 
April 9, 2016 - India Spend
Rohini Pande, Jennifer Johnson & Eric Dodge say mobility is one of the key challenges many women confront when they set out to find a job.

Learning without Theory
March 30, 2016 - Project Syndicate
Ricardo Hausmann on how learning happens and what makes a learning process successful.

Here’s why economists should be more humble, even when they have great ideas
March 25, 2016 - Washington Post
Q&A with Dani Rodrik on his book, "Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science."

The top 10 sources of data for international development research 
March 16, 2016 - The Guardian
The Atlas and Globe of Economic Complexity ranked #1 on list of reliable, detailed data sources.

Venezuela's Economy: Can it Avoid Collapse?
February 19, 2016 - BBC Radio
Ricardo Hausmann on the Venezuelan economy and whether it's on the road to defaulting on its international debt.

CID Ranked 2nd Best University Think Tank in the World
February 9, 2016
UPenn's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program releases 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index.

Geography of Genius
January 21, 2016 - PBS NewsHour
Ricardo Hausmann contributes to this segment, "Hotbeds of genius and innovation depend on these key ingredients."

Should Business Travel be Obsolete?
January 20, 2016 - Project Syndicate
Ricardo Hausmann explains the importance of moving people and not just information.

(New Delhi) Pollutants reduced by 18%
January 19, 2016 - Financial Times
Researchers at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) and Evidence for Policy Design found "stark reductions" in pollutants.

Sri Lanka's agricultural productivity is surprisingly low
January 10, 2016 - Economy Next
Ricardo Hausmann discusses the Sri Lankan economy as part of CID's research collaboration with the government.

India Will Be Fastest-Growing Economy for Coming Decade
January 1, 2016 - Wall St. Journal
Summary of CID's release of 2024 Growth Projections.