Porfirio Guevara | INCAE


Porfirio Guevara, Ph.D. He is an associate researcher at the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS), INCAE Business School of Costa Rica. He was previously an assistant professor at the Institute for Systems Sciences, Innovation and Sustainability (ISIS), University of Graz, Austria. He obtained a PhD in Sustainability Management from the University of Graz, Austria; M.Ph. in Systems Dynamics from the University of Bergen, Norway; MSc. in Economics from the Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona; and B.Ph. in Economics, University of Costa Rica. During 1998-2010 he worked at INCAE Business School in Costa Rica. During this time he also collaborated with institutions such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and InWEnt (International Training and Development, Germany). Main lines of research: Housing Economics, Modeling and Simulation of Complex Dynamic Systems; Technological Change and Education.


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Country of origin:
Costa Rica
Country of Residence:


  • Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Methods in Sustainability, Faculty of Environmental and Regional Sciences, KF University of Graz, Austria. M. 2015
  • Ph. In System Dynamics, Department of Social Sciences, University of Bergen, Norway. 2004
  • M.Sc. in Economics, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, ​​Spain. 1998
  • Bachelor and Graduate in Economics, University of Costa Rica. nineteen ninety six
  • Programming skills: R, SPSS, PowerSim Studio, Vensim, NetLogo, Excel for Data Analysis and Visualization

Work experience

Place of work: INCAE Business School.
From: 2015 To: Present
Position: Consultant
Description: Research on issues of competitiveness, labor markets, housing and sustainability in Central American countries.

Place of work: Institute for Systemic Sciences, Innovation, and Sustainability (ISIS), (KFU) University of Graz, Austria.
From: 2010 To: 2015
Position: Assistant Professor
Description: Research in complex systems and economic modeling applied to socio-economic issues, population and innovation. Teaching and supervision activities.

Place of work: INCAE Business School.
From: 1999 To: 2010
Position: Senior Researcher
Description: Research on productivity, innovation and sustainability in Central American countries.

Place of work: The World Bank. New Export Discoveries in Latin America.
From: 2007 To: 2007
Position: Researcher. 
Description: Research project that sought to measure and understand the process of new findings in exports in Costa Rica, and to determine if the failures of and / or public policies affected the appearance of replicated processes and their impact on the behavior of the country's exports .

Place of work: Inter-American Development Bank.
From: 2006 To: 2006
Position: Researcher 
Description: Evaluation of the loan portfolio for the development of projects in Central America.