Professors Tade Okediji and Claudia Parliament along with students and staff took a recent study abroad trip to South Africa that focused on the issues constraining agricultural development in a poor, rural region. This trip allowed students a better understanding of apartheid, cooperatives, income and racial inequality, and the role of government in promotion jobs and income, while addressing the question of how government can effectively intervene to increase economic growth and well-being. This opportunity provided not only a wealth of knowledge but time for fun, new experiences as well. Read more about their experiences on the Learning Abroad Website.
Congratulations to our very own Jason Kerwin for winning the 2016 Population Association of America's distinguished Dorothy S. Thomas Award! This award is presented annually and recognizes the outstanding graduate student paper on the interrelationships among social, economic and demographic variables. For more information and past recipients visit the PAA website.
Applied Economics grad students, Johanna Fajardo, Jose Pacas and Camilo Bohorquez Penuela attended the PAA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. this year and won the "Best Poster Award". Pictured here is Camilo Bohorquez Penuela with their poster entitled, "The Impact of Subsidized Health Care on Food Expenditure and Food Security: Evidence from Colombia." Congratulations to all of our students!
Hans Binswanger-Mkhize presented, "Decentralization, Empowerment and Rural Development" at the 2016 Vernon W. Ruttan Lecture on Science and Development Policy this Spring. Hans was able to spend time chatting with students, Applied Economics faculty, alumni and Emeritus who were able to attend his lecture. He is presently Professor Extraordinaire in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and Adjunct Professor in the School of Economics and Management, China Agricultural University.