Master's Research Experience
This research started as a part of my master’s thesis at McGill University (which you can find here) with the aim of contributing to the technology adoption literature by understanding the longer-term effects of alleviating credit and information constraints on technology adoption and agricultural productivity.
The original study on which this work is based, “The joint effects of information and financing constraints on technology adoption: Evidence from a field experiment in rural Tanzania”, is published in JDE (link here).
By comparing self-reported data with satellite and GPS-corrected estimates, we can assess how the results change in the context of a field experiment. I presented this work at four conferences, the latest of which was at the The Midwest International Economic Development Conference (MWIEDC) in April 2021.
The pictures that you see were taken as a part of my field research that took place over July-August 2019 in Morogoro, Tanzania. I was responsible for training our data enumerators and managing the data collection process as we visited around 1,000 farmers in 50 villages, which was a great learning experience!
Quantile Treatment Effects on Self-Reported and Satellite-Derived Productivity
Quantile Treatment Effects on Self-Reported and GPS-Corrected Productivity
More about the co-authors I am lucky to be working with!
Aurélie P. Harou is an an Assistant Professor of agricultural and resource economics in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University. Her research focus is in international food security, development and agricultural economics, nutrition, disaster relief management, and environmental and natural resources economics.
Marshall Burke is Associate professor in the Department of Earth System Science and Center Fellow at the Center on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University, and Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses on social and economic impacts of environmental change, and on measuring and understanding economic livelihoods across the developing world.
David Lobell is the Gloria and Richard Kushel Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment and a Professor at Earth System Science at Stanford University. He is also a William Wrigley Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, and a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
Malgosia Madajewicz is an Associate Research Scientist at The Earth Institute and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University. She has an expertise in adaptation to climate change, management of climate risks, program evaluation, and microeconomics with a focus on economic development.
Christopher Magomba is an Agricultural Economist, a lecturer, and a researcher at the School of Agricultural Economics and Business Studies, Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania. He brings extensive experience in field-based research around smallholders’ adoption of new technologies, social networks as well as of directing and mentoring field research teams.
Hope Michelson is an Associate Professor at the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research is at the intersection of development and agriculture. She focuses on small farmers in low income countries and on the relationships between agriculture, natural resources, markets, and household outcomes.
Cheryl Palm is a Research Professor in Agricultural and Biological Engineering and a core faculty of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Florida. A biogeochemist and tropical ecosystem ecologist, her research focuses on land-use change, degradation and rehabilitation, and ecosystem processes in tropical agricultural landscapes.
Jiani Xue a a PhD student at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She received a BA in Philosophy from New York University, and a Masters in Behavioral and Decision Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania.