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By Ricardo Hausmann - Aug 11,2015
Many countries have substantial diasporas, but not many are proud of it.After all, people tend not to leave a country when it is doing well, so the diaspora is often a reminder of a country’s darker moments.El Salvador, Nicaragua and Cuba, to cite three examples, had more than 10
By Ricardo Hausmann - Jul 14,2015
In an era characterised by political polarisation and policy paralysis, we should celebrate broad agreement on economic strategy wherever we find it.One such area of agreement is the idea that the key to inclusive growth is, as then-British prime minister Tony Blair put in his 20
By Ricardo Hausmann - Apr 29,2015
At the recent Summit of the Americas in Panama, Cuban President Raúl Castro chose to break with the agreed protocol. Instead of speaking for eight minutes, he took six times longer to present a political history of his country that was only loosely based on fact. Why? A
By Ricardo Hausmann - Feb 28,2015
The issue of rising income inequality loomed large at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos. As is well known, the United States’ economy has grown significantly over the past three decades, but the median family’s income has not. The top 1 per cent (indee
By Ricardo Hausmann - Jan 11,2015
The Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman once quipped that “Canada is essentially closer to the United States than it is to itself”. After all, most of its citizens live in a narrow band along the more than 4,800-kilometre-long border.
By Ricardo Hausmann - Dec 02,2014
Many people find economic growth to be a morally ambiguous goal — palatable, they would argue, only if it is broadly shared and environmentally sustainable. But, as my father likes to say, “Why make something difficult if you can make it impossible?” If we do
By Ricardo Hausmann - Nov 10,2014
Gold is rare.
By Ricardo Hausmann - Oct 19,2014
Will Venezuela default on its foreign bonds?
By Ricardo Hausmann - Aug 20,2014
One puzzle of the world economy is that for 200 years, the world’s rich countries grew faster than poorer countries, a process aptly described by Lant Pritchett as “Divergence, Big Time”. When Adam Smith wrote “The Wealth of Nations” in 1776, per ca
By Ricardo Hausmann - Aug 04,2014
Poor countries export raw materials such as cocoa, iron ore, and raw diamonds. Rich countries export — often to those same poor countries — more complex products such as chocolate, cars and jewels.



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