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By Ricardo Hausmann - Sep 26,2016
When we hear of a catastrophe that has befallen a friend, we feel both empathy and a sense of vertigo. We wonder whether it could happen to us: Is this catastrophe the result of some peculiar characteristic that we fortunately do not share?
By Ricardo Hausmann - Aug 28,2016
Donald Trump does not like Latin Americans and advocates building a wall to separate them from the United States.As usual with such snubs, Latin Americans tend to reciprocate the sentiment, as do Muslims and others who feel affronted by the Republican Party’s presidential nominee
By Ricardo Hausmann - Jul 03,2016
Of the 24 teams that qualified for this year’s UEFA European Cup football tournament, only one came from Germany.Three came from the United Kingdom: England, Wales and Northern Ireland. That seems rather odd.
By Ricardo Hausmann - Jun 01,2016
Ever since the 2008 financial crisis, it has been common to chastise economists for not having predicted the disaster, for having offered the wrong prescriptions to prevent it, or for having failed to fix it after it happened.The call for new economic thinking has been persistent
By Ricardo Hausmann - May 25,2016
How can we improve the state of the world?
By Ricardo Hausmann - May 05,2016
Across Latin America, voters who, until recently, were enthusiastic about their leftist governments seem to be having a change of heart.In Brazil and Venezuela, voters want to oust their leaders.In Argentina, they already have.
By Ricardo Hausmann - Feb 21,2016
Think about it: You can call, e-mail and even watch your counterparty on FaceTime, Skype or GoToMeeting.So why do companies fork out more than $1.2 trillion a year — a full 1.5 per cent of the world’s GDP — for international business travel?The expense is not only huge; it is als
By Ricardo Hausmann - Jan 04,2016
Should a country’s development strategy pay special attention to exports?After all, exports have nothing to do with satisfying their people’s basic needs, such as education, healthcare, housing, power, water, telecoms, security, the rule of law and recreation.So why give preceden
By Ricardo Hausmann - Aug 30,2015
Capitalism gets blamed for many things nowadays: poverty, inequality, unemployment, even global warming.As Pope Francis said in a recent speech in Bolivia: “This system is by now intolerable: Farm workers find it intolerable, labourers find it intolerable, communities find it int
By Ricardo Hausmann - Aug 29,2015
Countries are poor because governments are corrupt. And, unless they ensure that public resources are not stolen, and that public power is not used for private gain, they will remain poor, right?It certainly is tempting to believe so.

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