My research focuses on the microeconomics of development, risk and technology diffusion. This core focus encompasses four primary areas in applied microeconomics: poverty dynamics & vulnerability; rural economic development; risk and uncertainty; and technology adoption and innovation policy. At the bottom of this page, these research areas are depicted in a Venn diagram with reference to various academic publications.
The diagram below depicts these overlapping primary research areas and indicates where my publications lie in relation to them (publication numbers refer to those listed in my CV and here). My four primary research areas (in bold) are complementary in ways that are policy relevant and, I believe, insightful. I have focused much of my research energy on intersections of these areas. Two secondary research areas – ‘environment and climate change’ and ‘California agriculture’ – and a methodological emphasis on experimental economics (not depicted) further complement these research areas.
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