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Jacob E Ricker-Gilbert

Agricultural Economics 

  • Associate Professor
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Jacob Ricker-Gilbert joined the faculty at Purdue in 2011, after completing his PhD at Michigan State University.  Since that time he has built a research program around the theme of increasing agricultural intensification and productivity for small-scale farmers in the developing world.  Most of his current work focuses on sub-Saharan Africa, and the core topics are 1) Evaluating the economic impacts of input subsidies in Africa; 2) Estimating the impact of farmland markets on agricultural productivity and livelihoods in Africa; 3) analyzing the economics of smallholder farm households’ post-harvest decisions in Africa; 4) studying how smallholder farm households in Africa adapt to climate change.   

Ricker-Gilbert has published numerous peer-reviewed articles related to these themes in journals such as American Journal of Agricultural Economics, World Development, Economic Development and Cultural Change and Journal of Development Economics.  He has also given seminars and workshops to share the findings of his research with African governments, businesses, and donor organizations. The policy relevance of Ricker-Gilbert’s research was recognized in 2017, when he was a member of a team that won the 2017 Bruce Gardner Memorial Price for Applied Economic Policy Analysis at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) annual meeting. Ricker-Gilbert strives to bring the policy and business relevant aspects of his research into his undergraduate and graduate classes.

Ricker-Gilbert enjoys collaborating with colleagues from other disciplines and through these collaborative efforts he has been able to help secure nearly $40 million in external grant funding since 2011. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, and the World Bank have been the main funders of his research.

Awards & Honors

(2018) Bravo Award Winner for “moving the university forward”. Purdue.

(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.

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

(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

Omotilewa, O., Ricker-Gilbert, J., Ainembabazi, J. H., & Shively, G. E. (2018). Does improved storage technology promote modern input use and food security? Evidence from a randomized trial in Uganda. Journal of Development Economics, 135, 176-198.

Sesmero, J. P., Ricker-Gilbert, J., & 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. (2018). Transactions Costs in Land Rental Markets and Their Impact on Youth Access to Agriculture in Tanzania. Land Economics, 94(4), 541-555.

Ricker-Gilbert, J. E., & 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., & 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. (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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