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The Atlas of Economic Complexity: Mapping Paths to Prosperity (MIT Press) Paperback – January 17, 2014
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Cesar Hidalgo leads the Macro Connections group at the MIT Media Lab. He lives in Cambridge Massachusetts with his wife Anna and their daughter Iris. 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.
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The "Atlas" is a fascinating move of Cesar A. Hidalgo, Ricardo Hausmann and others to make people understand the engines behind trade and production. Example: With one look on the pictures of merchandise trade composition and clusters of Greece you understand why Greece streets are just streets and not paved with gold... Jeroen Dijsselbloem (NL) should look at it! The research fo r the study should further be financed, also by WTO and other bodies!
The Atlas online version is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 3.0 Unported License,; therefore 3D- dataSculpture maker like me and many other researchers can feel free to share the site and embed the apps anywhere on the Internet. Thank you, folks !!
As far as some minor countries are concerned, it seems to me that the role of existing outward processing should be put more into focus in the next edition. Take the product space of Tunisia: The only real cluster is apparel operations. It stems from some hundred European and some other foreign factories with 200- 2000 female sewers each. The sectors'contribution to development is quite low- apart from wage contributions: Low contribution level results from lacking backwards integration (no major textle mills etc). The same is true for dozens of similar locations with apparel operations (Mauritius, Morocco, even Bangla Desh; will be true for Myanmar). Similar "crippled" operations exist in the automotives parts sector worldwide ( cable harnesses etc): Many plants everywhere (see Romania's case) exist with weak backward integrations and nearly no push on more local content, let it be inside or outside of plants/ownership.The subject of dependancy should be addressed and visually be underlined, if possible.
Get this book; its outstanding.