Director of Harvard’s Center for International Development at the Kennedy School of Government
Ricardo Hausmann is a Venezuelan economist and the Director of Harvard’s Center for International Development at the Kennedy School of Government. He studied Engineering and Physics and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University. Before he started working at Harvard, he was the Chair of the IMF-World Bank Development Committee and the first Chief Economist of the Inter-American Development Bank.
He is also an experienced professor due to the time he spent as an Economics Professor at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración IESA in Caracas, where he founded the Center for Public Policy. Before starting his academic career, professor Hausmann was Minister of Planning of Venezuela and member of the board of the Central Bank of Venezuela.
He is an expert on topics such as economic growth, emerging markets and international finance and his articles have been published in economic journals like the Journal of International Money and Finance or the Journal of Economic Growth. These publications have been cited more than 34.000 times. On the other hand, he is frequently featured in the New York Times, Financial Times, The Economist, Wall Street Journal and Forbes Magazine, among others. He is also an author of two books: “Venezuela before Chavez” and “The Atlas of Economic Complexity”. Lastly, he has been an economic advisor for more than 80 developing countries for the creation of strategies and policies to work towards economic growth.
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