Welcome to the Baylis Research Group

We focus on Applied Economic Research in the fields of International Development, Agriculture, Trade, Climate Change & Environment. Our work involves exploring policy impacts on Food Security and Conservation, among others.

Dr. Kathy Baylis

Led by Dr. Kathy Baylis, Associate Professor at the Department of Agricultural & Consumer Economics of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, we focus on issues that impact countries across the world.

Research Areas

Development Economics

Development Economics

Trade Economics

Trade Economics

Environmental Economics

Environmental Economics

Agricultural Economics

Agricultural Economics

Team

Gowthami Venkateswaran

Gowthami Venkateswaran

“I am interesting in studying rural food grain markets in developing countries. I am currently researching the feasibility of certification and storage technology interventions in India to determine if certification of good storage and handling practices, and absence of mycotoxins improves the prices that millers, traders, and farmers receive for their crops, and if that, in turn, affects hermetic storage bag adoption.”

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Dr. Kathy Baylis

Dr. Kathy Baylis

Kathy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois. She works on international agriculture, forestry, trade and environment, with a particular interest in understanding policy impacts on food security and conservation. She joined the department after several years as an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia and earning her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2003. Kathy has worked in agricultural policy in both Canada and the United States. In 2001/02, she was the staff economist in charge of agriculture and forestry for the Council of Economic Advisors in the White House, and in the mid-1990s, she worked as Executive Secretary with the National Farmers Union in Canada. She has helped bring in over $28 million in grants and has successfully advised and graduated over 20 graduate students. She has published over 40 journal articles and book chapters on agriculture, forestry, trade and environmental policy. She has also coauthored a textbook on Canadian and U.S. agricultural policy.

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Hemant Kumar Pullabhotla

Hemant Kumar Pullabhotla

“I work in Development Economics with a focus on the microeconomics of rural agricultural markets, human capital impacts of public health policies, and food security and welfare impacts of market shocks. My current research looks at the effects of missing information and market power on farmer welfare using a field experiment in India. I am also working on analyzing the unintended consequences of alcohol prohibition policies on child education outcomes. In addition, I am a part of a research project looking at demand and adoption of agricultural technology by farmers and its impact on food security.”

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Nicolas Gatti

Nicolas Gatti

“I am interested in climate change impacts on civil conflict and food insecurity. My current work focuses on studying the mechanisms through which weather shocks affect civil conflict in Indonesia and the Philippines. I am also part of a project looking at productive efficiency in agriculture production in Zambia.”

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Pallavi Shukla

Pallavi Shukla

“I am interested in the broad field of development economics as it relates to technology adoption in agriculture, food safety, food security and resilience. I am part of a large randomized control trial in India looking at the issue of aflatoxin contamination in food grains and the impact of adopting hermetically sealed bags on food safety, grain quality, grain prices and health outcomes. I am also interested in working on the overlapping issues of agriculture and nutrition. My other interests include behavioral issues and migration.”

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Armand Dagbegnon Tossou

Armand Dagbegnon Tossou

“I am interested in Development and Household Economics. My current work focuses on investigating the impact on maize yields of giving voucher vs. physical input agricultural subsidies to Zambian smallholders. I am also involved in the impact evaluation of a randomized irrigation project in Haiti as well as the adoption study of a rice production technology in West Africa (Benin in particular).”

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Yujun Zhou

Yujun Zhou

“My interest lies in the application of causal inference and machine learning methods in Development Economics and Trade. My current research aims to build a prediction model of household level food security in Sub-Saharan Africa using spatially and temporally rich data.”

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Pablo Ordoñez

Pablo Ordoñez

“I am interested in Environmental and Development economics. My current work focuses on deforestation, specifically looking at the adoption of conservation programs and its effects in Mexico and at the environmental and development consequences of illegal coca markets in Colombia. More generally, I am interested in studying how public policies impact poverty and the environment.”

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Patrese Nicole Anderson

Patrese Nicole Anderson

“I am interested in Development Economics, specifically I focus on issues related to international food security, labor, and migration. I am currently part of a large multidisciplinary research team evaluating the effects of drought hazards in subsistence agriculture in Zambia, a rapidly developing and agriculturally dependent sub-Saharan African country.”

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Linlin Fan

Linlin Fan

“I am an applied economist with specific interests in empirical industrial organization, food economics and policy. The overall objective of my research is to study the interactions between food prices, food retail environment and food demand. My dissertation, in particular, contributes to the rising debate in academic and policy-making circles on how to improve the quality of food purchases and consumption by changing the food geography in the United States. Specifically, it aims to understand the nature, causes, and impact of living in a U.S. food desert (i.e. low-income areas with limited access to supermarkets).”

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Steve Burak

Protensia Hadunka

Protensia Hadunka

“I am interested in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. My current work focuses on looking at the effects of the FISP Program on Charcoal productions and/marketing in Zambia. I am also part of the team that is currently doing a systematic review of Agroforestry studies that have been all over the world and mapping the studies to understand the study gaps.”

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Paavani Sachdeva

Paavani Sachdeva

“I am interested in Environmental and Resource Economics and the interaction between policy, environment and social welfare. My current work focuses on historical causes, trends and impact of food insecurity in India.”

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Joseph L. Murray

Joseph L. Murray

“My interests are in International Development Economics. I am currently working to gather food security and price information in the Sahel region. Also, I have been assisting the systematic review for producing an Evidence Gap Map (EGM) regarding agroforestry. This EGM will provide a consolidated source of confirmed benefits that such systems have on production, prices, environmental well-being, and human well-being.”

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Aditya Shrinivas

Aditya Shrinivas

“I am a PhD candidate at the Agricultural and Consumer Economics Department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I work on development economics. My research centers around price analysis, food security and risk sharing. My job market paper focuses on the impact of India’s food subsidy program – Public Distribution System (PDS) – on food security. I’m also working on understanding the mechanics of the standard risk sharing test and the constraints that may be barriers to full risk sharing.”

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News

Why They Can’t All Be Trade Surpluses

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Illinois Ag Perspectives on Trade Matters

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