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Ricardo Hausmann

Ricardo Hausmann

Writing for PS since 2001
105 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. Better Sanctions on Russia are Needed
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    Better Sanctions on Russia are Needed

    Nov 1, 2022 Ricardo Hausmann, et al. assess the effectiveness of Western restrictions and propose steps to address their shortcomings.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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    Let the WTO Referee Carbon Border Taxes

    Jeffrey Frankel shows how a revived World Trade Organization can play a central role in combating climate change.
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    Elon Musk’s Not-so-Hidden Agenda

    Jason Stanley thinks the mogul's takeover of Twitter reflects his interest in destroying all democratic information spaces.
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    Saadia Zahidi on government spending, debt distress, the Iran protests, and more

    Saadia Zahidi argues that social-safety nets must be customized and targeted to ensure efficiency, advocates a more responsible approach to deficit reduction and fiscal consolidation, describes the complex recipe for helping countries reap the benefits of greater female labor-force participation, and more.
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    The Birth of a New International Order

    Joschka Fischer sees global great-power relations taking shape around a Sino-American dominated pentarchy.
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    The World Cup Syndrome

    Raj Persaud reflects on the effects that loving the “beautiful game” can have on one’s health and finances.
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    Rebooting the World Bank

    Suma Chakrabarti & Chris Humphrey outline key reforms that could help the institution regain the trust of developing countries.
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    No Easy Exit from Zero-COVID

    S. Alex Yang & Angela Huyue Zhang propose a strategy for loosening China's pandemic restrictions without triggering a nationwide health crisis.
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    Faking It, Making It, Losing It

    Harold James

    The spectacular rise and fall of FTX and its founder Sam Bankman-Fried were driven by effective marketing, trickery, and financial speculation. In that, they bear a striking resemblance to the disastrous eighteenth-century experiment that fueled the Mississippi Company bubble and created the template for all future Ponzi schemes.

    draws parallels between the FTX collapse and economist John Law’s infamous eighteenth-century scheme in France.
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    The Regulators’ Revolt

    Howard Davies traces the rise and fall of the UK government's recent effort to wield the power to rewrite financial rules.

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