"Study for Maximum Mass Permitted by the 1916 New York Zoning Law, Stage 2" by Hugh Ferriss, 1922. Courtesy of Smithsonian Open Access.
Virtual Discussion
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Ricardo Hausmann

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This ACtioN Briefing, led by Structure of Technology Workshop co-organizer Ricardo Hausmann, started off with an overview of the "Scrabble Model," which demonstrates how economic growth is impact by both a nation's competencies and the structure of the technologies that transform competencies and inputs into products. This included an introduction to a global and publicly available dataset, which Ricardo and his team collected in accordance with the model. The session ended with a broader discussion of ideas from the recent workshop and areas for future discussion, including modularity, specialization, and the concept of an organization as a technology.

Speaker Bio

Ricardo Hausmann
Ricardo HausmannDirector, Growth Lab, Center for Int'l Development + Professor of Economic Development at Harvard; Science Board Co-Chair + External Professor at SFI
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 the Harvard Kennedy School. In addition to positions with the government of Venezuela, he served as the first chief economist of the Inter-American Development Bank and as chair of the IMF-World Bank Development Committee. His research interests include issues of growth, macroeconomic stability, international finance, and the social dimensions of development. He brings a networks and statistical mechanics perspective to developmental relations. He earned a PhD in economics at Cornell University.

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