The building blocks of economic complexity.

@article{Hidalgo2009TheBB,
  title={The building blocks of economic complexity.},
  author={C{\'e}sar A. Hidalgo and Ricardo Hausmann},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2009},
  volume={106 26},
  pages={10570-5}
}
For Adam Smith, wealth was related to the division of labor. As people and firms specialize in different activities, economic efficiency increases, suggesting that development is associated with an increase in the number of individual activities and with the complexity that emerges from the interactions between them. Here we develop a view of economic growth and development that gives a central role to the complexity of a country's economy by interpreting trade data as a bipartite network in… CONTINUE READING
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