Emerging Cities as Independent Engines of Growth: The Case of Buenos Aires

Hausmann, R., Barrios, D., Muhaj, D., Noor, S., Pan, C., Santos, M.A., Tapia, J. & Zuccolo, B.

November 2020

What does it take for a sub-national unit to become an autonomous engine of growth? This issue is particularly relevant to large cities, as they tend to display larger and more complex know-how agglomerations and may have access to a broader set of policy tools. To approximate an answer to this question, specific to the case of Buenos Aires, Harvard’s Growth Lab engaged in a research project from December 2018 to June 2019, collaborating with the Center for Evidence-based Evaluation of Policies (CEPE) of Universidad Torcuato di Tella, and the Development Unit of the Secretary of Finance of the City of Buenos Aires.