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Jacob E Ricker-Gilbert

Agricultural Economics 

  • Associate Professor
765.494.4260
Krannert Room 623

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

(2017) Member of a team that won the 2017 Bruce Gardner Memorial Price for Applied Economic Policy Analysis at the American Association of Agricultural Economics (AAEA). Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

(2017) Advisor to Albert Alwang. Winner of the Best Master’s Thesis in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. Agricultural Economics Department.

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

(2014) Co-Advisor (with Juan Sesmero) to Aaron Cook. Winner of the Best Master’s Thesis in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. Department of Agricultural Economics.

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

(2009) T.W. Schultz Award, given for the best contributed paper at the Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Agricultural Economists. International Association of Agricultural Economists.

Selected Publications

Sesmero, J. P., Ricker-Gilbert, J. E., & Cook, A. (2018). How Do African Farm Households Respond to Changes in Current and Past Weather Patterns? A Structural Panel Data Analysis from Malawi. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 100(1), 115-144.

Ricker-Gilbert, J., & Chamberlin , J. (in press). Transactions Costs in Land Rental Markets and Their Impact on Youth Access to Agriculture in Tanzania. Land Economics.

Ricker-Gilbert, J., & Jayne , T. (2017). Estimating the Enduring Effects of Fertilizer Subsidies on Commercial Fertilizer Demand and Maize Production: Panel Data Evidence from Malawi. Journal of Agricultural Economics, 68(1), 70-97.

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.

Chamberlin , J., & Ricker-Gilbert, J. E. (2016). Participation in Rural Land Rental Markets in sub-Saharan Africa: Who benefits and by how much? Evidence from Malawi and Zambia. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 98(5), 1507-1528.

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