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    • Country Diversification, Product Ubiquity, and Economic Divergence 

      Hausmann, Ricardo; Hidalgo, César A. (John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2010)
      Countries differ markedly in the diversification of their exports. Products differ in the number of countries that export them, which we define as their ubiquity. We document a new stylized fact in the global pattern of ...
    • Determinants of Agricultural and Mineral Commodity Prices 

      Frankel, Jeffrey A.; Rose, Andrew K. (John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2010)
      Prices of most agricultural and mineral commodities rose strongly in the past decade, peaking sharply in 2008. Popular explanations included strong global growth (especially from China and India), easy monetary policy (as ...
    • Environmental Regulations, Air and Water Pollution, and Infant Mortality in India 

      Greenstone, Michael; Hanna, Rema N. (John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2011)
      Using the most comprehensive data file ever compiled on air pollution, water pollution, environmental regulations, and infant mortality from a developing country, the paper examines the effectiveness of India’s environmental ...
    • How Good Politics Results in Bad Policy: The Case of Biofuel Mandates 

      Lawrence, Robert Z. (John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2010)
      Biofuels have become big policy and big business. Government targets, mandates, and blending quotas have created a growing demand for biofuels. Some say that the U.S. biofuels industry was created by government policies. ...
    • The Natural Resource Curse: A Survey of Diagnoses and Some Prescriptions 

      Frankel, Jeffrey A. (John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2012)
      Countries with oil, mineral or other natural resource wealth, on average, have failed to show better economic performance than those without, often because of undesirable side effects. This is the phenomenon known as the ...
    • The Problem of the Commons: Still Unsettled After 100 Years 

      Stavins, Robert Norman (John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2010)
      The problem of the commons is more important to our lives and thus more central to economics than a century ago when Katharine Coman led off the first issue of the American Economic Review. As the U.S. and other economies ...
    • The Promise and Problems of Pricing Carbon: Theory and Experience 

      Aldy, Joseph Edgar; Stavins, Robert Norman (John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2011)
      Because of the global commons nature of climate change, international cooperation among nations will likely be necessary for meaningful action at the global level. At the same time, it will inevitably be up to the actions ...
    • Real-Time Economic Analysis and Policy Development During the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill 

      Aldy, Joseph Edgar (John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2011)
      The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill posed near-term economic risks to the Gulf of Mexico region and raised questions about appropriate policies to mitigate catastrophic oil spill risks. This essay reviews the Obama ...