Maria Porter

Maria Porter

Ph.D., University of Chicago
M.A., University of Chicago
B.A., Brown University

International Development, Assistant Professor

Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University

446 W. Circle Dr., Rm 301C, Morrill Hall of Agriculture
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039

517 355 2161, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Biographical Information

Maria Porter is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics. She is currently involved in research projects in Burkina Faso, China, and the UK. This research involves work on intra-household labor allocation decisions, factors influencing households’ adoption of new agricultural technologies, understanding adult children’s motivations for giving transfers and support to parents, and household bargaining between spouses. She employs a variety of research methods, including randomized control trials, laboratory experiments, and survey data analysis.

Maria holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. Before coming to MSU, she was a research fellow at the University of Oxford. She has taught graduate courses in household and development economics, and undergraduate courses in intermediate microeconomics and development economics.

Research and Outreach Interests:

  • Intra-Household Bargaining
  • Intergenerational Transfers
  • Labor, agriculture, health and nutrition