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2012 Seminars

The Economics of Global Poverty
July 9 - 12, 2012

Directed by:
Christopher Barrett, Cornell University

Funded by Seminars @ Calvin

Seminar Description

This project aims to cultivate a community of talented young economics researchers working on different aspects of the economics of global poverty. The emphasis will be on empirical work using primary and secondary (experimental or observational) data on individuals, households, firms and communities, but with a firm theoretical grounding. The project objectives are several. At the individual level, we aim: to help develop the participating scholars’ individual technical skills, to accelerate their professional development and expand their professional network, and to enhance the visibility of their work. At a collective level, we aspire to help foster a community of scholars and teachers informed by the Gospels and committed to rigorous innovation within the discipline and within the broader Christian community. The team will meet for two 3-day workshops at Calvin College in successive summers (2012 and 2013) to discuss in depth each other’s draft papers and to explore opportunities for collaborative research within the team. The fruits of the project will be presented at a conference in Seattle the third summer (2014) and edited into a special journal issue, a book, or both.

Target applicants will have completed a Ph.D. in economics, agricultural and resource economics, public policy or a closely related discipline within the previous ten years or be ABD and expecting to complete their degree within a year or so.  They will have a primary focus in empirical development economics and a personal Christian faith commitment.  

The 12 participants will be selected competitively based on scholarly preparation and promise, commitment to program goals, and the mix of skills, perspectives, experiences, and geographic diversity they bring to the group.  All participants will complete an individual research project in the field, so a proposed project sketch is part of the application.

Participants will receive a $1000 research grant, housing, meals, and a substantial travel allowance that will cover most or all of air transportation to the three meetings.

About the Director

Chris Barrett is the Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management and International Professor of Agriculture in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University where he also serves as the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future’s Associate Director for Economic Development Programs and the Director of the Cornell Institute for International Food, Agriculture and Development’s initiative on Stimulating Agricultural and Rural Transformation.  He holds degrees from Princeton (A.B. 1984), Oxford (M.S. 1985) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (dual Ph.D. 1994).  At Cornell, he teaches undergraduate courses on Contemporary Controversies in the Global Economy and Comparative Perspective on Poverty Reduction Policy, as well as graduate courses on the Microeconomics of International Development and Food Systems and Poverty Reduction.  Professor Barrett has published or in press 13 books and more than 230 journal articles or book chapters.  He has been principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on more than $24 million in extramural research grants from the National Science Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Rockefeller Foundation, USAID and other sponsors.  He has supervised more than 55 graduate students and post-docs, many of whom are now on leading faculties and in research institutes worldwide.  He served as editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics from 2003-2008,is presently an associate editor or editorial board member of the African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, the Egerton (Kenya) Journal of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, the European Review of Agricultural Economics, Food Security, the Journal of African Economies, the Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, the Journal of Development Studies and World Development, and was previously President of the Association of Christian Economists. He has served on a variety of boards and has won several university, national and international awards for teaching, research and public outreach. In 2010, Professor Barrett was elected a Fellow both of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and of the African Association of Agricultural Economists.  He, his wife and their five children live in Lansing, NY.

Application Information

Applicant Information, including who may apply and how to apply can be found here.

The application deadline was February 10, 2012. We are no longer accepting applications.


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