Development Economics

Overview

  • The development economics (DEV) field emphasizes the economics of international agricultural growth and development with a focus on food security, productivity analysis, marketing policy, and the performance of the food supply chain. The field is a traditional strength of the Department and is supported by MSU’s long-standing international orientation and over fifty years of ongoing applied field research projects in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. These projects have focused on agricultural and rural development, marketing and food system performance, technology development, agricultural productivity, and food security. Interactions among technology, institutions, and policy receive special attention.

Faculty

  • Faculty members in the DEV field have special expertise in marketing and value chain analysis, food security policy, farm household economics, sustainable agriculture, agricultural technology development and transfer, rural nonfarm enterprises, land tenure, property rights, and other institutional aspects of economic development. Faculty working in the development field also collaborate extensively with faculty working on other fields across the Department, as well as with faculty and students from other departments across the University, including the Department of Economics. View here a directory of faculty advising graduate students in this area.

Course Program

  • Courses in the DEV field focus on analysis of ways to stimulate and manage economic growth in food and agricultural systems and rural areas, with emphasis on realizing rapid economic transformations in low income countries. Study ranges from farm and market development to rural farm and nonfarm growth linkages. Attention is also given to macro issues related to agricultural transformation in economic development, and to the links between development and the natural environment. Course work focuses on the study of international economic issues related to agricultural production, marketing, trade and national food security.
  • Students are also encouraged to build their expertise in key subjects such as marketing, production, and policy. Supporting study in other social sciences, technical agriculture, and quantitative methods is also recommended. Two graduate specializations relevant to students in this field are available: the graduate specialization in ethics and development, housed in the Department of Philosophy, and the graduate specialization in international development, administered by the Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID) and jointly sponsored by the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) program.

Research

  • The Department is unique in terms of opportunities for graduate students to pursue field work in developing countries. Such field work is often done in conjunction with long-term projects such as those funded by U.S. Agency for International Development, including the Dry Grain Pulses CRSP and Food Security III. Other projects are funded by the World Bank, U.S. foundations, and projects in collaboration with international agricultural research centers.
  • These research experiences usually involve participation in project design, field data collection, collaborative activities with other research institutions, and outreach to developing country policy-makers and donors.
  • Graduate students play a key role in implementing these international projects, thereby gaining invaluable international experience as well as research and research management experience.  (Click here to see current research projects being implemented by faculty working in this specialization area).

Course Requirements

  • Ph.D. students with a major field in DEV take two required courses:
    • * AFRE 861 Agriculture in Economic Development
    • * AFRE 961 Advanced Agricultural Development Economics
  • In addition, the Ph.D. major requires choosing one additional course from the following menu.

    • AFRE 930 Dynamic Models in Agricultural and Resource Economics
    • AFRE 932 Information Economics and Institutions in Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Masters students with an interest in development economics should put together a suitable course program in consultation with their major advisor and committee.

Other Courses of Potential Interest

  • In addition to the courses listed above there are other courses across the University that may be of potential interest to students with an interest in the field. These include:
    • AFRE 810 Institutional and Behavioral Economics
    • AFRE 865 Agricultural Benefit-Cost Analysis
    • AFRE 874 Field Data Collection and Analysis in Developing Countries
    • ACR 824 Sustainable Development
    • ACR 825 International Development: Strategy, Design and Implementation
    • ACR 826 International Development Theory and Practice
    • ANP 424 Culture and Economic Behavior
    • ANS 480 Animal Systems in International Development
    • EC 840 International Trade: Theory and Commercial Policy
    • EC 841 Exchange Rates and Capital Flows
    • EC 850 Growth, Development and Human Resources
    • EC 851 Domestic and Foreign Development Policies
    • FOR 450 Forestry in International Developing Countries
    • GEO 425 Geographic Information Systems
    • GEO 850 Seminar in Regional Geography
    • SOC 986 Survey Research Principles

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Faculty advising graduate students in Development Economics

Name

Name / Phone / Email

Phone / Email

Adesoji O. Adelaja

Adelaja, Adesoji O.

Hannah Distinguished Professor in Land Policy

517 884 8521
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Duncan Boughton

Boughton, Duncan

Professor, International Development

517 432 6659
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Eric W. Crawford

Crawford, Eric W.

Professor

517 432 2481
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Andrew  Dillon

Dillon, Andrew

Assistant Professor

517 353-9192
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Cynthia Donovan

Donovan, Cynthia

Associate Professor, International Development

517 432 2664
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Steven Haggblade

Haggblade, Steven

Professor, International Development

517 355 0257
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Thomas S. Jayne

Jayne, Thomas S.

University Foundation Professor

517 432 9802
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Songqing Jin

Jin, Songqing

Associate Professor

517 353 4522
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Saweda Liverpool-Tasie

Liverpool-Tasie, Saweda

Assistant Professor

517 432 5418
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Mywish Maredia

Maredia, Mywish

Professor, International Development

517 353 6602
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Nicole Mason

Mason, Nicole

Assistant Professor

517-432-4446
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David Mather

Mather, David

Assistant Professor, International Development

517 449 9694
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Milu Muyanga

Muyanga, Milu

Assistant Professor, International Development

517 432 7640
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Robert J. Myers

Myers, Robert J.

University Distinguished Professor

517 432 3649
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David L. Ortega

Ortega, David L.

Assistant Professor

517 353 2981
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Maria Porter

Porter, Maria

International Development, Assistant Professor

517 355 2161
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Thomas Reardon

Reardon, Thomas

Professor, MSU Distinguished Faculty, and AAEA Fellow


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R. Brent Ross

Ross, R. Brent

Associate Professor

517 355 2266
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Robert Shupp

Shupp , Robert

Associate Professor

517 432 2754
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Mark Skidmore

Skidmore, Mark

Professor and Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy

517 353 9172
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Melinda Smale

Smale, Melinda

Professor, International Development

703 231 8492
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Scott M. Swinton

Swinton, Scott M.

Professor

517 353 7218
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Véronique Thériault

Thériault, Véronique

Assistant Professor, International Development

517 353 7856
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David L. Tschirley

Tschirley, David L.

Professor, International Development

517 355 0134
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Dave D. Weatherspoon

517 353 9850
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Felicia Wu

Wu, Felicia

John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor

517 355 8474
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