The project team for this project brings a unique combination of relevant experience and expertise in agricultural economics.
Travis Lybbert is a Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on the microeconomics of development, risk and technology diffusion. This core focus encompasses four primary areas in applied microeconomics: poverty dynamics & vulnerability; rural economic development; risk and uncertainty; and technology adoption and innovation policy.
Emilia Tjernstrom is an assistant professor of Public Affairs and Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research interests center on development economics, behavioral economics, political economy, and environmental and resource economics. Her research employs econometrics, field-, and lab-in-the-field experiments to study technology diffusion, food security, and the impact that heterogeneity has on the success and optimal design of public policy.
Rachel Frattarola is a graduate student in the department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She previously served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sustainable Agricultural Systems in Panama.