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Complexity and development

Here is the video of my lecture on Complexity and Development, given in Washington DC on February 5th, 2013:

4 comments on “Complexity and development”

  1. Thank you so much for this – I listed in from Redwood City, California and found your analysis and insight easy to follow and captivating (and right at the intersection of my own interests and those of my organization, Omidyar Network). Many thanks again. 

  2. In the talk, you say (at around 38.30) that 80% of productivity improvements come from the entry and exit of firms from the marketplace rather than improvements in existing firms. What’s the source for this figure?
    Thank you.

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Owen Barder

Owen is Senior Fellow and Director for Europe at the Center for Global Development and a Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics. Owen was a civil servant for a quarter of a century, working in Number 10, the Treasury and the Department for International Development. Owen hosts the Development Drums podcast, and is the author Running for Fitness, the book and website. Owen is on Twitter and