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Jacob E Ricker-Gilbert

Agricultural Economics 

  • Associate Professor
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Jacob Ricker-Gilbert holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University. His M.S. is from Virginia Tech and his B.S. is from University of Vermont. Jacob’s research and teaching activities are primarily related to economic growth and poverty reduction in developing countries.

Jacob has a special interest in how technology, market access, and public policy affect peoples’ decisions and well-being. He has international experience in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Jacob’s dissertation research, evaluating the impact of fertilizer subsidies on small farmers in Malawi, won the 2009 T.W. Schultz award for best paper at the Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Agricultural Economics. His dissertation work was also recognized by the African Association of Agricultural Economists in 2010. Prior to his doctoral studies, Jacob worked as an agricultural economist at the Economic Research Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2005 to 2007.

Awards & Honors

(2014) A Best Contributed Paper Award. Inaugural Research Symposium of the Economics Association of Malawi.

(2014) Winner of the Best Master’s Thesis. Department of Agricultural Economics.

(2010) Second Best Contributed Paper Award. Triennial Meeting of the African Association of Agricultural Economists.

Selected Publications

Kadjo, D., Ricker-Gilbert, J. E., & Alexander, C. (2016). Estimating Price Discounts for Low-Quality Maize in sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Benin. World Development, 77, 115-128.

Ricker-Gilbert, J. E., & Jones, M. (2015). Does Storage Technology Affect Adoption of Improved Maize Varieties in Africa? Insights from Malawi’s Input Subsidy Program. Food Policy, 50, 92-105.

Jayne, T. S., Mather, D., Mason, N., & Ricker-Gilbert, J. E. (2015). Rejoinder to: How do Fertilizer Subsidy Programs Affect Total Fertilizer Use? A Synthesis of the Evidence on “Crowding in/out” in sub-Saharan Africa. Agricultural Economics, 44(6), 687-703.

Jones, M., Alexander, C., Ricker-Gilbert, J. E., Widmar, N. J., & Lowenberg-Deboer, J. M. (2014). Consumer Preferences for Maize in Malawi: A Stated Preferences Approach with Attribute Non-Attendance to Evaluate Impact of Insect Damage, Variety, and Mold. Manuscript in preparation.

Kadjo, D., Ricker-Gilbert, J. E., Alexander, C., Abdoulaye, T., & Baco, M. N. (2014). Effects of Storage Losses and Grain Management Practices on Storage Behavior in Benin. Manuscript in preparation.

Tonitto, C., & Ricker-Gilbert, J. E. (2014). Food Security in Africa: Quantifying the Yield Benefits of Sorghum Management Techniques Using Meta-Analysis. Manuscript in preparation.

Cook, A., Sesmero, J. P., & Ricker-Gilbert, J. E. (2014). How Do African Farmers Adapt to Climate Change? Panel Data Evidence from Malawi. Manuscript in preparation.

Josephson, A., Ricker-Gilbert, J., & Florax, R. (2014). How Does Population Density Affect Agricultural Productivity? Evidence from Ethiopia. Food Policy, 48, 142-152.

Bezu, S., Tesfahun, G., Shiferaw, B., & Ricker-Gilbert, J. (2014). Impact of Improved Maize Adoption on Welfare of Farm Households in Malawi: A Panel Data Analysis. World Development, 59, 120-131.

Snapp, S., Jayne, J. S., Mhango, W., Benson, T., & Ricker-Gilbert, J. E. (2014). Maize Yield Response to Nitrogen in Malawi’s Smallholder Production System. Manuscript in preparation.

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