Alec Hansen


Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree of Arts University of California Berkeley Economics Master’s degree of Arts Boston University Political Economy Doctor of Philosophy Boston University Economics


Dr. Hansen specializes in competitiveness strategy and cluster development. He has worked in over 35 countries, most often on World Bank or USAID projects, and on public private partnerships in the U.S. He is a former president of The Competitiveness Institute based in Barcelona, Spain. He holds a B.A. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in economics from Boston University.

Areas of Expertise


Research Interest

strategic Assessment

Hansen, A (2009). São Luís Cluster Development Strategy: An Initial Assessment. In Ming Zhang (Ed.), Competitiveness and Growth in Brazilian Cities, Directions in Development Series (pp 145-183). Washington, D.C., World Bank Publications. ISBN-13: 978-0821381571.  

Reforming Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Tunisia: Strategic Assessment, July 2017.  

Tunisia Case Study: Labor Market Analysis, for African Union Partnership, FHI 360, May 2017.  

Value Chain Development for Jobs in Lagging Regions: Aromatic and Medicinal Plants in Tunisia, co-author, Competitiveness Industries and Innovation Program, World Bank, July 2016.  

Boosting Inter-African Trade (BIAT) Stocktaking Report, African Union Partnership, FHI360, May, 2015.  

Kenya Youth Employment Assessment, USAID Workforce Connections (co-author), FHI360, January, 2015.  

Zimbabwe Labor Market Assessment, USAID Workforce Connections (co-author), FHI360, November, 2014  

Cluster Competitiveness Strategy Report, USAID Jordan Competitiveness Program (lead author), March, 2014.  

Tourism Value Chain Analysis for Nyungwe National Park, USAID Strengthening Sustainable Ecotourism in and around Nyungwe National Park Project (SSENNP), Rwanda, 2012.  

Value Chain Analysis for the Central America Competitiveness and Integration Study, Latin America and Caribbean Division, World Bank (lead author). October, 2011.   

Sector Competitiveness Analysis Tools: a Reference Guide, Finance and Private Sector Division, World Bank. June, 2011.                                                                                                                           *Gaza Economic Strategy 2011-2013, Palestinian Authority, Ministry of Planning and Administrative Development, February 2011.   

Competitiveness and Growth in Brazilian Cities: Local Policies and Actions for Innovation, World Bank, “Directions in Development: Private Sector Development” series, Co-Author. Mingh Zhang, editor. 2010.  

Alaska Forward – Phase 1 Situational Analysis, Alaska Partnership for Economic Development (coauthor). 2009.  

Needs Assessment for COFEMER: Mexico’s Regulatory Federal Regulatory Improvement Commission, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mexico City, Mexico. February, 2009.  

Competitiveness Agenda for the GAP Region (Southeast Anatolia, Turkey), GAP Entrepreneur Support Centers Project,UNDP, Principal Author. October, 2007.  

Lake Izabal Agro-Forest Sustainable Tropical Hardwoods Management Business Plan, Guatemala, April, 2007.  

Assessment of Potential for Development of Supplier Chains in and Around Two Pilot Industrial Economic Zones in the Russian Federation, World Bank, May, 2006.  

Trogir – Šibenik – Murtir Region Networking Readiness Assessment (Croatia), World Bank, June, 2005.  

A Regional Economic Strategy for the Central Puget Sound Region, Puget Sound Regional Council, Prosperity Partnership, Seattle, Washington, September, 2005.  

Realizing the Cluster Development Component of the Guyana Trade and Investment Support Project: An Integrated Strategic Framework for Future Action, United States Agency for International Development Georgetown, Guyana, October, 2005.  

Marin County Targeted Industries Study, Marin County Community Development Agency, January, 2004.  

Monterey County Competitive Clusters: Economic Strategy, Monterey County Office of Economic Development, February, 2004.  

Reinventing Nicaragua: Collaborative Methods for Implementing the National Competitiveness Program, Government of Nicaragua, 2001.  

Florida New Cornerstone Strategic Plan: “Entrepreneurship and Emerging Business” Florida Chamber Foundation, 2001.  

Transforming Nicaragua: An Assessment of the Nicaraguan National Competitiveness Program, Managua, Nicaragua, 2001.  

Shifting Gears in Chihuahua: a Headquarters Development Strategy, Chihuahua, Mexico, 2001.  

Kansas Comprehensive Strategic Plan Update, Kansas, Inc., 2001.

Pasadena Bioscience Innovation and Training Center Feasibility Study, California State University, Office of the Chancellor, Long Beach, California, December, 2000.   


Louisiana Economic Development Strategy: A Cluster-based Economic Analysis and Strategy. Recommendations for the State of Louisiana, Office of the Governor, April, 2000.  


South African Tourism Collaborative Action Process: Strategy-in-Action Report, The Cluster Consortium, Industrial Development Bank of South Africa, November 1999.    


South Africa’s Tourism Challenge:  A Profile of the Tourism Cluster, Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Government of South Africa, 1999.   


Pennsylvania’s Clusters:  Building Blocks for a Technology-Led Competitiveness Strategy, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, 1998.  


Pakistan’s Long Term Perspective Plan: Technological Development and Productivity Growth, Planning Commission of Pakistan & Asia Development Bank, 1997.  


Transformando Campeche, Campeche’s Challenge and Strategies for Building New Competitiveness, Consejo Empresarial de Campeche and State of Campeche, Mexico, 1997.  


Blueprint for a Dynamic Small Business Community, The Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 1997.  


*Manufacturing Plus Plus:  A Cluster-based Economic Strategy for Malaysia, with the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research, prepared for the Malaysia Ministry for International Trade and Industry (MITI), March 1996.  

*The Great Lakes Water Quality Initiative:  Cost Effective Measures to Enhance Environmental Quality and Regional Competitiveness, Project Manager, Council of Great Lakes Governors, September, 1993.  

*Efficiency and Financial Feasibility: Options for Re-structuring the Indonesian Electric Power Industry, DSP Policy Memorandum, October 1991.  

*The Consequences of Deregulation of Interisland Shipping in Indonesia, Harris, John R., Budhy Tjahjati S. Soegijoko, and Alec L. Hansen. Paper presented at the First Pacific Regional Science Congress, Bandung, Indonesia, July 1990. 

*Inter-island Shipping in Eastern Indonesia: Policy Findings and Recommendations, Alec Hansen, Michael Romanos, Suprayoga Hadi, Carla Chifos, Montty Girianna, Development Studies Project Research Paper #10 (DSP #122), April 1991.  

*Port Investment Evaluation System for Bappenas, Development Studies Project Policy Memorandum, Jakarta, Indonesia April 1991.  

*Hirschman Linkages Between Agriculture and Manufacturing, Development Studies Project Research Memo #43, Jakarta, Indonesia, March 1990.  

*The Link between Travel Time Reliability and the Technology Choice of the Firm, doctoral dissertation, Boston University Economics Department, September 1989.  

*Preliminary Estimates of Capital Stock for Indonesia's Manufacturing Sector, Development Studies Project Working Paper, Jakarta, Indonesia, March 1989.  

*Sri Lanka Rural Income Study, DAI/HIID report under Employment and Enterprise Policy Analysis Project, USAID, August 1988.  

*An Evaluation of the Productive Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project in St Lucia and St Vincent, West Indies, with C.C. Donato and Eric Shearer, September 1985.  

*Chisumbanje Sugar-Ethanol Project: Feasibilty Study (Zimbabwe), with Tony Barclay, Randy Old, and Tony Babb, study conducted for Bechtel Corporation and US Export-Import Bank, October 1985.  

*Hansen, A. (March-April 2002). What Motivates Civic Entrepreneurs? Profiles in Co-opetition. Industry Focus. Port Louis, Mauritius.  



  • 101 Microeconomics
  • 102 Macroeconomics
  • Introductory Economics   
  • Clusters and Competitiveness  
  • International Economics  
  • Business Economics  

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