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Program Overview

Stimulating growth is the top economic priority for many countries and localities around the world. Yet many are trapped, lacking the productive capability to solve problems and expand to new industries to drive development. New growth strategies need paths, processes and organizations to address this problem. 

Leading Economic Growth (Online) is a 10-week online executive program, led by Professor Ricardo Hausmann and Professor Matt Andrews, that examines new approaches to shared growth and development, expanding a country’s productive capabilities and developing contextually-driven strategies for growth. Learn powerful new tools that allow countries to better chart the road ahead, identify the obstacles to prosperity and define actions that can lead to economic growth. 

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Program Curriculum

Leading Economic Growth brings together leading experts in economic development with practitioners from around the globe to focus on practical approaches to shared growth and development. The curriculum provides a framework for understanding economic growth, as well as sophisticated tools for diagnosis, decision making, and implementation.

Over the course of 10 weeks, you will gain an enhanced understanding of how to develop a set of policies and tools to detect distortions and design solutions to unlock growth.

The concepts and frameworks you learn will allow you to design effective strategies for economic growth and will be applied to your own economic growth challenge that you are addressing in your city, region or country.


Learning Objectives

During this program you will gain an in-depth look at specific topics that determine the economic potential of a country, including:

  • Economic diversification and complexity
  • The nature of growth and structural transformation
  • Organizational architecture and design
  • Policy implementation

Application Information

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To successfully complete this program, you will be required to complete all 10 individual assignments and attend all 10 peer learning group sessions. These program elements will help you develop a strategy that you can implement to promote economic growth in your city, region, or country. Participants are expected to commit a minimum of three hours/week to live sessions and approximately five hours/week to self-study time. 

What Participants are Saying

“The Leading Economic Growth (Online) program brought me a very hands-on approach to engage and foster economic development. It is not a program limited to intellectual reflection but instead focused on action.”

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Ricardo Hausmann and Matt Andrews Discuss Leading Economic Growth

Hear the faculty chairs discuss the upcoming Harvard Kennedy School executive program Leading Economic Growth, which will now be offered online.

Faculty & Research

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Matthew Andrews

Edward S. Mason Senior Lecturer in International Development

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Ricardo Hausmann

Rafik Hariri Professor of the Practice of International Political Economy

Alumni Spotlight: Economic Growth in Australia

“In my role, I need to develop projects that support the economic development of regional Australia while also introducing new skills, new capability, and technology transfer that will further integrate us into global supply chains,” says Fabio. “With these ventures, it is very important for me to be in constant training and updated on the latest trends.”

Fabio Nave, investment director of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, reflects on how he is using his Leading Economic Growth program experience. Read his story.

Fabio Nave, Leading Economic Growth alumnus
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