Diego Comin

Associate Professor of Business Administration (Leave of Absence)

Diego Comin is an Associate Professor of Business Administration at HBS since 2007. He received his B.A. in Economics in 1995 from the University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain and his PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 2000. Between 2000 and 2007, Comin has been Assistant Professor of Economics at New York University. He is also Research Fellow at the Center for Economic policy Research and Faculty Research Fellow in the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Economic Fluctuations and Growth Program. Comin is a fellow for the Institute of New Economic Thinking (INET) and his work has been supported by the Gates foundation, the National Science Foundation, the C.V. Star Foundation, and the Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW). Comin has also advised the government of Malaysia on its development strategies and consulted for the World Bank, IMF, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Citibank, Danish Science Ministry, and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) of the government of Japan. 

Comin works on macroeconomics broadly understood. Part of his research consists of studying the process of technological change and technology diffusion both across countries and over time. A second avenue of Comin’s work studies the sources and propagation mechanisms of fluctuations at high and medium term frequencies. A third line of research pursued by Comin has explored the evolution of firm dynamics and their implications for the evolution of the US economy. His work has been published mainly in academic journals, including the American Economic Review, the American Economic Journal, the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of Economic Growth

Comin teaches his elective course (Drivers of Competitiveness) in the MBA program and also a module in the executive program (Program for Leadership Development). For four years, Comin has taught in the MBA first year required course: Business, Government and the International Economy (BGIE). He has also designed and led immersion programs in Peru and Malaysia.

El País Internacional

Moisés Naim

New York Times

Eduardo Porter


Diego Comin, Martí Mestieri

Boston Globe

Farah Stockman


Diego Comin, Mikhail Dmitriev, Esteban Rossi-Hansberg

HBS Press Release
January 20, 2012

Thirty second-year Harvard Business School (HBS) students recently had the unique opportunity to meet with Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. During the meeting, the students presented the findings of the analysis they conducted for almost four months regarding the drivers and barriers to Malaysian productivity and competitiveness. In addition, they provided recommendations to alleviate impediments and foster rapid growth.