Diversification and Structural Economic Dynamics

Clovis Freire, UNU-MERIT

Diversification is very relevant for poorer developing countries to create jobs and foster economic development. This research presents a framework to identify appropriate sectors and products for diversification, based on a country’s productive structure and changes in global demand. It also proposes a model to study, through computer simulations, the effects of diversification on the structure of trading economies, and strategies that facilitate the diversification of poorer countries and promote economic catch up. This research could assist governments of developing countries in formulating strategies that will identify new products for diversification, contribute to increasing productive capacity, and thereby stimulate development.

About the speaker

Clovis Freire Junior is Economic Affairs Officer at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations, in New York.  His work supports the use of science, technology and innovation for the achievement of the sustainable development goals. He has over 20 years of work experience, 14 of which at the United Nations in policy-oriented economic research, analysis and policy advice with particular focus on structural change and sustainable development; including 10 years at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in programmes on macroeconomic policy and long-term development of countries of the region, building capacity in statistics in support of internationally agreed development goals, harnessing information, communications and space technology for development, and reducing the risk of disasters in the Asia-Pacific region. A Computer Engineer by training, he started his career in 1997 in Brasilia as Lieutenant Engineer of the Brazilian Air Force, where he worked on computer networks and network security. Clovis holds a Computer Engineer degree from the Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA), Brazil, a Master’s degree in Computer Sciences from the Universidade de Brasília (UnB) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), Brazil.

Venue: Aula, Minderbroedersberg 4-6

Date: 21 November 2017

Time: 9:30 - 11:00  CEST