The Atlas Of Economic Complexity: Mapping Paths To Prosperity

Paperback | January 17, 2014

byRicardo Hausmann, César A. Hidalgo

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Why do some countries grow and others do not? The authors of The Atlas of Economic Complexity offer readers an explanation based on "Economic Complexity," a measure of a society's productive knowledge. Prosperous societies are those that have the knowledge to make a larger variety of more complex products. The Atlas of Economic Complexity attempts to measure the amount of productive knowledge countries hold and how they can move to accumulate more of it by making more complex products.

Through the graphical representation of the "Product Space," the authors are able to identify each country's "adjacent possible," or potential new products, making it easier to find paths to economic diversification and growth. In addition, they argue that a country's economic complexity and its position in the product space are better predictors of economic growth than many other well-known development indicators, including measures of competitiveness, governance, finance, and schooling.

Using innovative visualizations, the book locates each country in the product space, provides complexity and growth potential rankings for 128 countries, and offers individual country pages with detailed information about a country's current capabilities and its diversification options. The maps and visualizations included in the Atlas can be used to find more viable paths to greater productive knowledge and prosperity.

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Why do some countries grow and others do not? The authors of The Atlas of Economic Complexity offer readers an explanation based on "Economic Complexity," a measure of a society's productive knowledge. Prosperous societies are those that have the knowledge to make a larger variety of more complex products. The Atlas of Economic Compl...

Ricardo Hausmann is Director of the Center for International Development at Harvard University, Professor of the Practice of Economic Development at Harvard Kennedy School, and George Cowan Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. César A> Hidalgo is ABC Career Development Professor at the MIT Media Lab.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 12.38 × 10 × 0.68 inPublished:January 17, 2014Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0262525429

ISBN - 13:9780262525428

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