Ricardo Hausmann is the founder and Director of Harvard’s Growth Lab and the Rafik Hariri Professor of the Practice of International Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School. Under his leadership, the Growth Lab has grown into one of the most well-regarded and influential hubs for research on international development and economic growth.
His scholarly contributions have had a significant impact on the study and practice of development. These include the development of the Growth Diagnostics and Economic Complexity methodologies, as well as several widely used economic concepts, such as Dark Matter, Original Sin, and Self-discovery. His work has been published in some of the top journals in the world, including Science, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of International Economics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of International Money and Finance, Economic Policy, and the Journal of Economic Growth, among many others. These publications have been cited more than 47,000 times, and their main findings have been highlighted in mass media outlets such as The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.
Since launching the Growth Lab in 2006, Hausmann has served as principal investigator for more than 50 research initiatives in nearly 30 countries, including the US, informing development policy, growth strategies, and diversification agendas at the national, regional, and city levels.
Before joining Harvard University, he served as the first Chief Economist of the Inter-American Development Bank (1994-2000), where he created the Research Department. He has served as Minister of Planning of Venezuela (1992-1993) and as a member of the Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela. He also served as Chair of the IMF-World Bank Development Committee. He was Professor of Economics at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administracion (IESA) (1985-1991) in Caracas, where he founded the Center for Public Policy. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University.
Executive Education Programs
Leading Green Growth: Economic Strategies for a Low-Carbon World
Leading Economic Growth
Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
Magazine and Newspaper Articles
Sponsored projects include research, training, convening, and other initiatives externally funded through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements. Funding sources can include the US federal government, state and local agencies, private foundations, corporations, and foreign entities (public and private).
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Outside Professional Activities For Ricardo Hausmann
|Criteria Caixa||Membership on a scientific or other advisory board|
|HiCue Speakers||Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation|
|Santa Fe Institute||Membership on a scientific or other advisory board|
|Santa Fe Institute||Research or teaching appointment|
|Santa Fe Institute||Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation|
|Project Syndicate||Paid media appearance (may include written, audio, video, or other digital format)|
|Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of Colombia||Membership on a scientific or other advisory board|