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Flavio Olivieri

Ph.D. Candidate in Global Development Studies, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California

Residency: January – May 2021 

Research Project: The evolution of Baja California economy towards higher value-added processes, linked to the Southern California economy 

Research Interests: Economic development, economic geography, political economy, behavioral economics, comparative economic systems, globalization and inequality, international trade, evolutionary economics and neo-institutionalism


Flavio A. Olivieri is a Ph.D. candidate in global development studies at the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC). He is interested in economic development of regions, and the evolutionary study of places, including entrepreneurial and institutional capacity building. His research focuses on the binational region of Baja California and Southern California, how these two asymmetric and diverse regions interrelate and link economically, and how value is created among them. The goal of his dissertation is to identify and evaluate the evolution of high value-added economic activities in Baja California that are linked to economic activities in Southern California, to understand what successes have occurred and how those links could increase, as well as to understand what are the limitations or inhibitors for further value creation.

Olivieri is a practitioner of economic development with over 29 years of experience collaborating and participating in economic development organizations, in the public and private non-profit sector on both sides of the border. He has been involved in economic development activities such as policy, business attraction, workforce development, entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems development. In addition to his economic development activities, Olivieri has been an executive with Fortune 500 companies and has started four companies. The combination of his entrepreneurial experience, together with his experience in economic development practice have given him a close view of the evolutionary process of the Baja California economy linked to binational integration, providing him a unique perspective that contributes to his research. His expectation is that the results of his research will provide new tools and insights to develop better policies and programs for Baja California’s economic progress and the wellbeing of its citizens.