It was enlightening as expected to talk to Harvard professor of economic development Ricardo Hausmann. He has a refreshing take on all of my questions - and I believe he is one of the most important thinkers on development ever. You can check out some of his work for Harvard’s CID Growth Lab (where he is the Director) here - you can also find many of his lectures on Youtube.
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