[cancelled] CSH Public Lecture by Ricardo Hausmann: “The complexity of economic growth”

Nov 23, 2021 | 17:0018:30

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We have to inform you that the lecture had to be cancelled altogether.

We are very sorry indeed.

We proudly announce the public lecture by Ricardo Hausmann, founder and director of the Growth Lab at Harvard Kennedy School, on Nov 23, 5 pm (CET) live at the CSH.


If you plan to attend the lecture, please get your free ticket at the end of the page.


CORONA regulations require individualized tickets:
1 per person with full name and Email address.
Registration deadline is Nov. 18.


The event will also be streamed online.


If the COVID-19 situation allows, we plan to serve a glass of wine after the lecture.





Modern economies produce a dizzying variety of goods and services in production processes that coordinate the efforts of countless economic actors in networks that span around the globe. How does this process work and how can we analyze it to predict and accelerate future growth and development?


To answer this question, Ricardo Hausmann will introduce the framework of Economic Complexity Analysis. This framework not only changes how we view the roles of human capital, migration and foreign direct investment in economic growth, but also helps predict the development trajectories of cities, regions and countries.


Moreover, it offers new answers to old puzzles in economic development: Why did the world experience such rapid economic growth over the past centuries? Why did this growth lead to a massive expansion in inequality in the 18th, 19th, and 20th century? Why has this inequality started narrowing at the end of the 20th century? And what can we do to support a more inclusive and sustainable growth in the 21st century?



About Ricardo Hausmann:

Ricardo Hausmann launched the Growth Lab in 2006 which grew into one of the most well regarded and influential hubs for research on international development. Before joining Harvard University, Ricardo served as the first Chief Economist of the Inter-American Development Bank from 1994 to 2000, where he created the research department.

He was Minister of Planning of Venezuela (1992–1993), a member of the Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela and was 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 PhD in economics from Cornell University.


Ricardo’s 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.


Ricardo’s work has been published in top journals including Science, Journal of Development Economics, or Journal of International Economics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and have been cited more than 42,000 times. Main findings have been highlighted in important media outlets such as The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Economist, or The Wall Street Journal.



Nov 23, 2021


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