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Flavio Malagutti

headshot of Flavio Malagutti

PhD Student

Bren Hall 3031

fmalagutti@bren.ucsb.edu

Education
BA, Economics, Seattle University

Bio
Flavio is a second-year PhD student in the Economics and Environmental Science (EES) emphasis. He received his B.A. in Economics from Seattle University in 2013, where he was also a Division I student-athlete in the University's tennis team. Since then, Flavio has worked in a wide range of research projects in developing countries, intersecting public policy, environmental sustainability, and economic development.

Before arriving at Bren, Flavio was a Research Consultant at the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES). He was part of an interdisciplinary team studying barriers and opportunities for reforestation of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Previously, Flavio worked on research projects investigating intra-household responses to incentives for water conservation in Zambia, the impact of reminding caretakers about their newborns' vaccination schedule in Mozambique, and the effect of providing in-class audio-guides for kindergarten teachers in rural Paraguayan schools.

As a Ph.D. student, Flavio wants to continue working on economic and environmental solutions for communities in low-income settings. He is interested in community governance of natural resources, the role of market-based incentives in promoting environmentally-friendly behavior, and the influence of intra-household dynamics on individuals' sustained adoption of new technologies.

In his free time, Flavio enjoys playing the guitar, researching music, planning wine-themed trips, and long-board surfing.

Year Admitted
2019

Research Areas
environmental economics, development economics, and field experiments

Faculty AdvisorĀ 
Kelsey Jack (Social Science Group)