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Appraising the Economic Potential of Panama Policy Recommendations for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth


  • Juan Obach

    () (Center for International Development at Harvard University)

  • Miguel Angel Santos

    () (Center for International Development at Harvard University)

  • Ricardo Hausmann

    () (Center for International Development at Harvard University)


This report aims to summarize the main findings of the project as gathered by the three baseline documents, and frame them within a coherent set of policy recommendations that can help Panama to maintain their growth momentum in time and make it more inclusive. Three elements stand out as cornerstones of our proposal: (i) attracting and retaining qualified human capital; (ii) maximizing the diffusion of know-how and knowledge spillovers, and (iii) leveraging on public-private dialog to tackle coordination problems that are hindering economic activity outside the Panama-Colón axis.

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  • Juan Obach & Miguel Angel Santos & Ricardo Hausmann, 2017. "Appraising the Economic Potential of Panama Policy Recommendations for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth," CID Working Papers 334, Center for International Development at Harvard University.
  • Handle: RePEc:cid:wpfacu:334

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    1. Hausmann, Ricardo & Espinoza, Luis & Santos, Miguel Angel, 2016. "Shifting Gears: A Growth Diagnostic of Panama," Working Paper Series rwp16-045, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
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    5. Ricardo Hausmann & Jose Ramon Morales Arilla & Miguel Angel Santos, 2016. "Panama beyond the Canal: Using Technological Proximities to Identify Opportunities for Productive Diversification," CID Working Papers 324, Center for International Development at Harvard University.
    6. Jorge Thompson Araujo & Markus Brueckner & Mateo Clavijo & Ekaterina Vostroknutova & Konstantin M. Wacker, 2014. "Benchmarking the Determinants of Economic Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean," World Bank Other Operational Studies 21318, The World Bank.
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