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Fernando DePaolis is the Dean of the Graduate School of International Policy and Management. In addition, he teaches Data Analysis, Development Economics, and other advanced quantitative policy analysis courses. He holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of California-Los Angeles. He has been the Regional Economist with the Denver Regional Council of Governments (Denver, Colorado). Over the years, he has consulted extensively for cities and counties in the United States, international organizations, and multiple non-governmental organizations. Professor DePaolis is also a senior researcher at the MIIS Center for the Blue Economy, where he develops research and teaches courses on the problems and solutions at the interface between large bodies of water (oceans and lakes) and urban agglomerations. Prof. DePaolis has been a Fulbright-LASPAU scholar. At MIIS, he has been Assistant Dean, Program Chair, and President of the Faculty Senate. In his spare time, Prof. DePaolis is an avid outdoorsman, off-roader and explorer of the California wilderness. 

Courses Taught

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to develop advanced economic skills applied to development and resource issues in the world’s oceans and coasts. The course will focus heavily on analytical and data-driven techniques that can help illuminate the costs and benefits of various policies in the ocean and coastal zones, using a variety of metrics, and incorporating environmental and social values. The course will be divided into two parts: Market economics and coastal planning with Prof. DePaolis and non-market economics with Prof. Scorse.

Student participation in both of these sections will be high, involving many in-class assignments, lab sessions, and extended discussions. Students will be expected to engage in original data collection, analysis, and research. This is an intensive course geared for people who want to pursue careers in marine-related fields, although the topics are more broadly applicable to a range of conservation and development-related careers.

GIS is recommended.

Terms Taught

Spring 2020 - MIIS, Spring 2021 - MIIS

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Course Description

The course is designed to introduce students to the complex subject of Economic Development, its terms, tools, and theories, as well as the policies intended to stimulate it and the pitfalls waiting to trap the unwary policymaker. Its complexity derives from defining economic development as the intersection of economic, political, and social dimensions and their evolution over time, within a specific geographic, cultural, and historical context. Development is envisioned as a process, rather than a goal, continuing and evolving through time and across levels of material well-being.

Terms Taught

Fall 2020 - MIIS

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Areas of Interest

Economic Development. Regional Economics. Spatial Statistics & Econometrics. Purpose specific programming languages & modeling software. Mitigation of climate change impacts.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Urban Planning/Regional Economics, University of California-Los Angeles
  • MA in Urban Planning/International Development, University of Kansas
  • Advanced Diploma in Architecture, National University of San Juan, Argentina

Professor DePaolis has been teaching at the Institute since 2001.


  • “The Washington Consensus: A Post Mortem” (with Robert McCleery), in Seiji Naya’s festschrift Forthcoming University of Hawaii Press.
  • NAFTA and the Broader Impacts of Trade Agreements on Industrial Development: When ‘Second-Order Effects’ Dominate (with Robert McCleery), in Plummer, M. (editor) Empirical Methods in International Trade: Essays in Honor of Mordechai (Max) Keinin, 2005. Edward Elgar Publisher.
  • “Bangladesh: Searching for a Workable Development Path,” with Seiji Naya and Robert McCleery, Journal of East Asian Studies, No 3, December 2004:1-20.
  • “A New Frontier in 21st Century America.” A book review of Terra Incognita by Bowman, A. and Pagano, M. Public Organization Review 4 December 2004.
  • “Trade and the Location of Industries in the OECD and the European Union.” Journal of Economic Geography 2, 2002 (with Michael Storper and Yun-Chung Chen).

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