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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.
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



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