Doctoral Students

Yujun Zhou

ACE 2020 Graduate

“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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Nicolas Gatti

ACE 2020 Graduate

“I am interested in Agricultural Business and Development Economics. My current research focuses on studying the sustainability of the international coffee supply chain. Specifically, I am looking at how environmentally sustainable certification program changes affect coffee consumer demand and farmers’ economic incentives to participate in them.”

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Hemant Kumar Pullabhotla

ACE 2019 Graduate

“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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Pallavi Shukla

ACE 2019 Graduate

“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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Linlin Fan

ACE 2018 Graduate

“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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Masters Students

Tess Lallemant

ACE 2020 Graduate

“I have been focusing my studies and research on trade and its influence on food security and poverty. I am particularly interested in exploring how trade policies mitigate the impact of climate change on food security.”

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Adam Kurczewski

ACE 2020 Graduate

“I am interested in Behavioral and Development Economics. Currently, I am pursuing research that focuses on the role decision making plays in persistent poverty circumstances in rural Kenya.  Specifically, I am part of a team interested in how aspirations are formed and their role in the decision to pursue productive investments.”  

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Joseph L Murray

ACE 2019 Graduate

“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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