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Ricardo Hausmann

Ricardo Hausmann

Writing for PS since 2001
115 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 Kennedy School and Director of the Harvard Growth Lab.

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  1. The Bioeconomy Will Not Save the Amazon
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    The Bioeconomy Will Not Save the Amazon

    Apr 4, 2024 Ricardo Hausmann explains how a strategy with growing support could inadvertently promote deforestation.

  2. Is Industrial Policy Like Vitamin C or Penicillin?
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    Is Industrial Policy Like Vitamin C or Penicillin?

    Nov 24, 2023 Ricardo Hausmann considers whether such interventions should be regular and modest, or used sparingly for specific purposes.

  3. From Oppenheimer to Fauci
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    From Oppenheimer to Fauci

    Sep 7, 2023 Ricardo Hausmann highlights the tumultuous but crucial relationship between academic expertise and public policy.

  4. The Case for Green Industrial Parks
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    The Case for Green Industrial Parks

    Jul 13, 2023 Ricardo Hausmann suggests that many manufacturers will be impelled to relocate to regions with abundant clean energy.

  5. The Supply Side of Decarbonization
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    The Supply Side of Decarbonization

    May 30, 2023 Ricardo Hausmann touts strategies that create incentives for developing countries to produce renewables and other green goods.

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    Diplomacy Could Help Revive Democracy in Venezuela

    Roberto Patiño urges the international community to help ensure a free and fair presidential election in July.
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    The Specter of Neo-Fascism Is Haunting Europe

    Slavoj Žižek

    With mainstream parties and politicians already preparing to accommodate the far right following this month's European Parliament election, the axiom of post-World War II European democracy has been quietly abandoned. “No collaboration with fascists" is being replaced by a tacit acceptance of them.

    harbors no illusions about what the outcome of the European Parliament election means.
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    Can Private Hospitals Increase Access to Health Care in Developing Countries?

    Titir Bhattacharya & Tanika Chakraborty show how innovative insurance schemes can help low- and middle-income economies achieve universal coverage.
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    Tracking Ukraine’s Reconstruction Funds

    Wolfgang Fengler & Vladyslav Rashkovan show how digital tools can streamline the process, improve transparency, and provide accountability.
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    Slovakia’s Anti-Democratic Government Is Doubling Down

    Soňa Muzikárová warns that the assassination attempt in May has led the government to double down on illiberal reforms.
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    D-Day and the Threat of Total War

    Robert Skidelsky

    After eight decades of relative peace, the world is once again dividing into hostile economic and geopolitical blocs. The 80th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy offers a valuable opportunity to reflect on the principles we are willing to defend and the sacrifices we are prepared to make.

    thinks understanding the causes and consequences of past global conflicts is crucial to preventing another one.
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    The Dangers of a US Capital Inflow Tax

    Maurice Obstfeld worries that a little-known, highly costly method of deficit reduction is gaining political traction.
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    Europe’s Green Transition Requires More Skilled Workers

    Julie Beaufils urges policymakers to boost the attractiveness of technical vocations by expanding access to apprenticeships.
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    A Monetary and Economic Order Fit for the Twenty-First Century

    Ulrich Volz, et al. identify eight priorities to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable global financial architecture.

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