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
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.