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Ricardo Hausmann

Ricardo Hausmann

Writing for PS since 2001
104 commentaries
1 videos & podcasts


Ricardo Hausmann, a former minister of planning of Venezuela and former chief economist at the Inter-American Development Bank, is a professor at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and Director of the Harvard Growth Lab.

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  1. Development, Decarbonization, and Dumb Landowners
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    Development, Decarbonization, and Dumb Landowners

    Sep 30, 2022 Ricardo Hausmann argues that governments must manage natural resources more effectively to promote green growth.

  2. The Economic Case for Guaranteeing Ukraine’s Security
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    The Economic Case for Guaranteeing Ukraine’s Security

    Jun 28, 2022 Ricardo Hausmann argues that protecting investments and value chains is essential to the country’s future prosperity.

  3. How to Eat Russia’s Oil Lunch
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    How to Eat Russia’s Oil Lunch

    Mar 31, 2022 Ricardo Hausmann highlights the common international incentive to reduce the country’s global market share.

  4. The Case for a Punitive Tax on Russian Oil
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    The Case for a Punitive Tax on Russian Oil

    Feb 26, 2022 Ricardo Hausmann explains why a high levy would both weaken Russia and benefit consuming countries.

  5. Green Growth at the End of the Flat World
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    Green Growth at the End of the Flat World

    Dec 9, 2021 Ricardo Hausmann shows how the relocation of energy-intensive industries will force a rethink of national economic strategies.

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    Toward a Progressive Economic Agenda

    Mariana Mazzucato

    Past policy failures and unmet populist promises represent an opportunity for progressive leaders. But to win power, they must articulate a coherent alternative economic-policy program, focusing not only on redistribution but also on wealth and value creation.

    offers a five-pronged policy blueprint for the left to counter populism and recover electoral relevance.
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    The Gorbachev Diagnosis

    Daniel Yergin revisits a 2001 interview with the former Soviet leader to consider where things went awry for Russia.
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    The Canary in the Inflation Coal Mine

    Jonathan D. Ostry explains why central banks should pay much greater attention to shipping costs.
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    The Crumbling Nuclear Taboo

    Beatrice Fihn urges countries to refrain from responding to Russia's nuclear threats with nuclear threats of their own.
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    The Trussonomics Warning

    Jason Furman explains why all policies intended to help one group must nowadays come at the expense of other groups.
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    The Kremlin’s Suicidal Imperialism

    Nina L. Khrushcheva argues that the illegal annexation of four more Ukrainian territories will handicap future Russian leaders.
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    What Caused the Ukraine War?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

    Amid heated debates about the factors that led Russia to invade Ukraine on February 24, 2022, it helps to distinguish between deep, intermediate, and immediate causes. But while each can matter in their own ways, war need not be considered inevitable even when they are all present.

    considers the deep, intermediate, and immediate factors behind Russia’s invasion.
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    Why Businesses Misbehave

    Daron Acemoglu thinks narratives about heroic entrepreneurs and villainous tycoons are a distraction from what matters most.
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    J. Bradford DeLong on US inflation, redistribution, economic dogma, and more

    J. Bradford DeLong explains how the US Federal Reserve is undermining market and investor confidence, urges US Democrats to uphold supply-side progressivism, and proposes a straightforward approach to addressing the problems of distribution and utilization.

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