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Ricardo Hausmann

Director at the John F Kennedy School

Ricardo Hausmann, director of the Centre for International Development and Professor of the Practice of Economic Development at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, is a former Venezuelan minister of planning.

Ricardo Hausmann
4 Sep 2018

The slavery incentive

There is a fundamental difference between slavery and bonded labour, and that is the range of options given to the worker - except by migrants.

4 Sep 2018
4 Aug 2016

Venezuela's catastrophe

The crisis in Venezuela is not the result of bad luck, but is the inevitable consequence of recent government policies and <i>chavismo</i>.

4 Aug 2016 1
Venezuela's catastrophe
24 Aug 2015

Capitalism not a cause of poverty

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 intolerable, peoples find it intolerable. The earth itself -- our sister, Mother Earth, as Saint Francis would say -- also finds it intolerable."

24 Aug 2015 2
28 Jul 2015

Why fighting corruption fails to alleviate poverty

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?

28 Jul 2015 1