Iván Palavicini Corona has been awarded the International Prize for Local Development for his PhD thesis 'Local economic development in Mexico: the contribution of the bottom-up approach', which was completed in the LSE Department of Geography and Environment in 2012, under the supervision of Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose.
The prize and a cheque for €3,000, bestowed by the Communauté de communes of Cluses (France) and the Association of Economists of Neo-Latin Languages, were handed to Dr Palavicini Corona at an International Conference in Cluses on October 5th 2013.
Dr Palavicini Corona’s thesis is the first piece of research which uses advanced quantitative methods in order to demonstrate the validity of bottom-up approaches to local economic development. It shows that Mexican municipalities engaging in local economic development strategies during the last two decades have witnessed significant improvements in human development, relative to those which have relied on top-down approaches or have not implemented any strategy.
The thesis also proves that pursuing capacity building, establishing horizontal development links, and drafting local development plans have contributed to significant improvements in the quality of life across Mexico.