Eduardo Ibarra-Olivo

Eduardo Ibarra-Olivo

PhD candidate in Economic Geography

Department of Geography and Environment

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Key Expertise
Foreign direct investment, Local labour markets - Educational choices

About me

Eduardo is a PhD candidate in Economic Geography from 2015. In 2011, he graduated from CIDE (Centre for Research and Teaching in Economics), in Mexico City, where he completed his bachelor's degree in Economics. He holds an MSc in Local Economic Development from the LSE and his dissertation paper was awarded distinction. After completing his masters in 2014, he was a Guest Lecturer in Economic Development at CIDE where he also collaborated in several research projects within Regional and Urban Economics.

Back at the LSE, from 2015, he has taught applied quantitative methods courses in the department, as well as a course in the Economics Summer School. Eduardo was Graduate Teaching Assistant Representative for the LSE Students’ Union (2016-2017). His main research interests are Foreign Direct Investment and local labour markets. He has also been involved in research projects on FDI policy and international remittances. 

Research interests:

- Foreign Direct Investment
- Local labour markets
- Educational choices
- Human capital accumulation
- Remittances and migration

Thesis title and short abstract:

The Economic Geography of Foreign Direct Investment and Human Capital in Mexican Regions.

Economies around the globe are increasingly interconnected. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has become one of the main drivers of economic interdependence among regions across the world. FDI as a flow of capital across international boundaries is bound to have distinctive effects on the human capital accumulation process in both home and host economies, with important consequences for economic development. The aim of this thesis is to improve our understanding on the geography of these interrelated economic phenomena for Mexican subnational regions. Mexico has been an important recipient of inward FDI, but in the last two decades the services sector has been gaining importance over manufacturing, while the country has been increasingly sending flows of outward FDI to the rest of the world. Concurrently, wage inequalities persist, educational outcomes are lagging behind, and demand for skilled workers is decreasing. These changing trends and shifting balance have important implications for wages and the incentives to develop human capital at the local and regional scale in Mexico. Moreover, the aforementioned changes in FDI patterns, wages and human capital have occurred in a country where territorial disparities are still commonplace. Against this background, the papers herein explore several relationships between FDI and several dimensions of human capital accumulation.

Methods used/expertise: 

- Applied Microeconometrics
- Econometrics

Teaching record

- GY140 Introduction to Geographical Research, from 2016 to present
- EC235 Economics of European Integration, from 2017-2019

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Academic Supervisors

Simona Iammarino
Andrés Rodríguez-Pose