Center for International Development

Harvard Kennedy School
Harvard University

Visiting address:
79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (USA)

Postal address:
79 JFK Street, Box 34, Cambridge, MA 02138 (USA)
Email: frank_neffke @

Research interests

  • Capabilities
  • Skills and tasks in economic development
  • Inter-industry relatedness
  • Technological and structural change
  • Evolutionary economics

What I'm currently working on

Agents of structural change, with Matté Hartog, Ron Boschma and Martin Henning Neffke_Hartog_etal2013

The workforce of pioneer plants, with Ricardo HausmannPioneer_plants

The mobility of displaced workers: How the local industry mix affects job search strategies, with Anne Otto and César HidalgoPioneer_plants

Coworker complementarityInter_industry_labor_flows