Rui Benfica

Rui Benfica

Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.S., Michigan State University
B.S., Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique

Former Associate Professor, International Development

Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University

446 W. Circle Dr., Rm 216B
Justin S Morrill Hall of Agriculture
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039

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Publications (View all Benfica’s publications on Google Scholar sorted by year)

Selected Publications

Benfica, R. 2014. “Welfare and Distributional Impacts of Price Shocks in Malawi: A Non-parametric Approach.” Food Security, Vol. 6, Issue 1, 2014: 131-145.

Benfica, R. 2012. “An Analysis of Poverty in Cash Cropping Economies of Rural Mozambique: Blending Econometrics and Economy-wide Models.” First Edition ed. Saarbrucken: LAP - Lambert Academic Publishing.

Benfica, R. 2012. “Trends and Drivers of Welfare in Malawi: Implications for Policy.” Africa Region, World Bank, Washington, DC.

Arndt, C., R. Benfica, and J. Thurlow. 2011. “Gender Implications of Bio-fuels Expansion in Africa: The case of Mozambique.” World Development, Vol.39, Issue 9, 2011: 1649-1662.

Arndt, C., R. Benfica, F. Tarp, J. Thurlow, and R. Uaiene. 2009. “Bio-fuels, poverty, and growth: A CGE Analysis of Mozambique.” Environment and Development Economics 15, Issue 1, 2009: 81-115.

Arndt, C., R. Benfica, N. Maximiano, A. Nucifora, and J. Thurlow. 2008. “Higher fuel and food prices: Impacts and responses for Mozambique.” Agricultural Economics 39, 2008: 497-511. 

Fox, L., R. Benfica, M. Ehnrenpreis, H. Nordang, M. Sekkel, D. Owen, and K. Broek. 2008. “Beating the Odds: Sustaining Inclusion in a Growing Economy – A Mozambique Poverty, Gender and Social Assessment.” Directions in Development. World Bank, Washington, DC.

Fox, L., R. Benfica and Melissa Sekkel. 2007. Book Chapter “Halving the Poverty Rate by 2015” in “Post-Stabilization Economics in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons from Mozambique”, Edited by Jean A. P. Clement and Shanaka J. Peiris, International Monetary Fund, Washington DC.

Boughton, D., D. Mather, C. Barrett, R. Benfica, D. Abdula, D. Tschirley and B. Cunguara. 2007. “Market Participation by Rural Households in a Low-Income Country: An Asset-Based Approach Applied to Mozambique.” Faith and Economics, Vol. 50, Fall 2007: 64-101.

Benfica, R., D. Tschirley, and D. Boughton. 2006. “Interlinked Transactions in Cash Cropping Economies: The Determinants of Farmer Participation and Performance in the Zambezi River Valley of Mozambique.” 2006 IAAE Conference Proceedings.

Tschirley, D. and R. Benfica. 2001. “Smallholder Agriculture, Wage Labor and Poverty alleviation in Land-Abundant Africa: Evidence from Mozambique.” Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol. 39, Issue 2, 2001: 333-358.