Ricardo Hausmann

Founder and Faculty Director, Rafik Hariri Professor of the Practice of International Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School, Director of Harvard's Center for International Development and Professor of the Practice of Economic Development at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

Ricardo Hausmann is the founder and Director of Harvard’s Growth Lab and the Rafik Hariri Professor of the Practice of International Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School. Under his leadership, the Growth Lab has grown into one of the most well regarded and influential hubs for research on economic growth and development around the world. His scholarly contributions have had a significant impact on the study and practice of development. These include the development of the Growth Diagnostics and Economic Complexity methodologies, as well as several widely used economic concepts, such as Dark Matter, Original Sin, and Self-discovery. His work has been published in some of the top journals in the world, including Science, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of International Economics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of International Money and Finance, Economic Policy and the Journal of Economic Growth, among many others. These publications have been cited more than 51,000 times. Since launching the Growth Lab in 2006, Hausmann has served as principal investigator for more than 50 research initiatives in nearly 30 countries, including the US, informing development policy, growth strategies and diversification agendas at the national, regional, and city levels. Before joining Harvard in 2000, he was the first Chief Economist of the Inter-American Development Bank, where he founded the Research Department. Previously, he served as Minister of Planning of Venezuela and as a member of the board of the Central Bank of Venezuela.