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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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    Resentment on the Western Front

    Sławomir Sierakowski thinks the Polish public needs a more open and honest conversation about refugees before resentment spirals.
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    Crypto’s Well-Worn Path to Crisis

    Xavier Vives writes that, despite the novelty of the assets, the narrative of FTX’s collapse was established long ago.
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    The Unavoidable Crash

    Nouriel Roubini anticipates a stagflationary debt crisis, owing to a dangerous combination of inflation and over-borrowing.
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    War Over Taiwan?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers whether a deterrence arrangement that has worked for 50 years is still sufficient.
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    The Contested Fed

    James Livingston

    By all accounts, central banks – particularly the Fed, because the dollar is still the world’s dominant currency – already act as investment authorities. But their recent bailouts have exacerbated economic inequality, and have done little or nothing to address climate change.

    reviews three books that, each in its own way, reveal a central truth about the world’s leading central bank.
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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

    Bill Emmott

    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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