My current projects model the micro-level behavior of resource users and agricultural producers and explore dimensions of impact and welfare, both for human actors and the agricultural systems and natural resources under study.

Although all of humanity depends on robust and productive agricultural sectors, all of humanity does not directly interact with the lands or waters of the world for their daily bread.  My work is focused on those among us who directly interact with the lands and waters of the world -- either by tilling the soil to produce a crop, or by harvesting or using resources in their production activities.  Much depends on these actors and the resources they directly depend upon -- thus it is in humanity's best interests to better understand the circumstances in which farmers, resource users, and the agricultural and natural systems they depend upon thrive or decline.  Economics, it turns out, provides a powerful set of tools to enhance our understanding on these scores.

From a methodological perspective, I use static and dynamic theoretical models to articulate hypotheses and impose discipline on my research, and I use a variety of data to conduct empirical tests and descriptive analysis of the hypotheses and relationships I study.  Spatial and remote sensing data have a consistent presence in my research, which I often combine with data from households, farms, and administrative data from companies and governments.

Some of my current working papers and projects are listed below.

Working Papers

"Decomposing Deforestation after a Food Price Shock: Evidence from Cambodia", with David R. Just and Ariel Ortiz-Bobea. under review (job market paper).  See appendix here.

Works in Progress

"To (rent) bees or not (to rent) bees? An examination of the farmer's question.", with Miguel I. Gómez, Heather Grab, David R. Just, and C.-Y. Cynthia Lin Lawell. 

"Farm Level Pollination Strategies among New York Apple Farmers", with Bryan N. Danforth, Miguel I. Gómez, Heather Grab, David R. Just, C.-Y. Cynthia Lin Lawell, and Maria Van Dyke.

"The Environmental Impacts of Microfinance: An Empirical Study of Index-Based Live- stock Insurance and East African Rangelands", with Christopher B. Barrett, Patrick E. Clark, Francesco P. Fava, Nathaniel D. Jensen, Njoki Kahiu, Benjamin Porter, Gerardo E. Soto, Ying Sun.

"Remote Sensing Advances in the Measurement of East African Rangeland Conditions.", with Gerardo E. Soto (lead author), Christopher B. Barrett, Patrick E. Clark, Francesco P. Fava, Nathaniel D. Jensen, Njoki Kahiu, Chuan Liao, Benjamin Porter, Ying Sun.

"Long Run Trends in East African Rangeland Quality.", with Gerardo E. Soto (lead author), Christopher B. Barrett, Patrick E. Clark, Francesco P. Fava, Nathaniel D. Jensen, Njoki Kahiu, Benjamin Porter, Ying Sun.

"Rangeland Quality in Mongolia: Measuring Impacts from Livestock and Climate Change.", with  Avralt-Od Purevjav and Tumenkhusel Avrimed (lead authors), and Christopher B. Barrett.

"... and let there be light."