Christopher B. Barrett

Christopher B. Barrett

  • Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor
  • Co-Editor-in-Chief, Food Policy

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Faculty Expertise

  • Applied Economics
  • International and Development Economics and Policy
  • Food and Agricultural Economics
  • Environmental, Energy and Resource Economics and Policy
  • Emerging Markets


Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management


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Chris Barrett is Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management, and an international professor of agriculture at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, as well as a professor in both the Department of Economics and the Department of Global Development, and a fellow of the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, all at Cornell University. He has won multiple university, national, and international awards for teaching, research and public outreach, and is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, and the African Association of Agricultural Economists.

Selected Publications

  • The Economics of Poverty Traps, Ed. Christopher Barrett, Ed. Michael Carter, Ed. Jean-Paul Chavas. University of Chicago Press. (2019): 464pp
  • Jensen, Nathaniel; Barrett, Christopher; Mude, Andrew. "Cash Transfers and Index Insurance: A Comparative Impact Analysis From Northern Kenya"Journal of Development Economics. 129.1 (2017): 14-28
  • Liang, Jingjing; Crowther, Thomas; Picard, Nicolas; Wiser, Susan; Zhou, Mo; Alberti, Giorgio; Schulze, Ernst-Detlef; McGuire, A; Bozzato, Fabio; Pretzsch, Hans; de-Miguel, Sergio; Paquette, Alain; Hérault, Bruno; Scherer-Lorenzen, Michael; Barrett, Christopher; Glick, Henry; Hengeveld, Geerten; Nabuurs, Gert-Jan; Pfautsch, Sebastian; Viana, Helder; Vibrans, Alexander; Ammer, Christian; Schall, Peter; Verbyla, David; Tchebakova, Nadja; Fischer, Markus; Watson, James; Chen, Hui; Lei, Xingen; Schelhaas, Mart-Jan; Lu, Huicui; Gianelle, Damiano; Parfenova, Elena; Salas, Christian; Lee, Eunkyu; Lee, Boknam; Kim, Hyun; Bruelheide, Helge; Coomes, David; Piotto, Daniel; Sunderland, Terry; Schmid, Bernhard; Gourlet-Fleury, Sylvie; Sonké, Bonaventure; Tavani, Rebecca; Zhu, Jun; Brandl, Susanne; Vayreda, Jordi; Kitahara, Fumiaki; Searle, Eric; Neldner, Victor; Ngugi, Michael; Baraloto, Christopher; Frizzera, Lorenzo; Bałazy, Radomir; Oleksyn, Jacek; wiecki, Tomasz; Bouriaud, Olivier; Bussotti, Filippo; Finér, Leena; Jaroszewicz, Bogdan; Jucker, Tommaso; Valladares, Fernando; Jagodzinski, Andrzej; Peri, Pablo; Gonmadje, Christelle; Marthy, William; O'Brien, Timothy; Martin, Emanuel; Marshall, Andrew; Rovero, Francesco; Bitariho, Robert; Niklaus, Pascal; Alvarez-Loayza, Patricia; Chamuya, Nurdin; Valencia, Renato; Mortier, Frédéric; Wortel, Verginia; Engone-Obiang, Nestor; Ferreira, Leandro; Odeke, David; Vasquez, Rodolfo; Lewis, Simon; Reich, Peter. "Positive Biodiversity-productivity Relationship Predominant in Global Forests"Science. 354.6309 (2016): 196 and aaf8957-1-aaf8957-12
  • Jagnani, Maulik; Barrett, Christopher; Liu, Yanyan; You, Liangzhi. "Within-Season Producer Response to Warmer Temperatures: Defensive Investments by Kenyan Farmers"The Economic Journal. (forthcoming).
  • Dillon, Brian; Barrett, Christopher. "Global Oil Prices and Local Food Prices: Evidence from East Africa"American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 98.1 (2016): 154-171
  • Abay, Kibrom; Abate, Gashaw; Barrett, Christopher; Bernard, Tanguy. "Correlated Non-Classical Measurement Errors, ‘Second Best’ Policy Inference and the Inverse Size-Productivity Relationship in Agriculture"Journal of Development Economics. 139 (2019): 171-184
  • Barrett, Christopher; Bevis, Leah. "The Self-reinforcing Feedback Between Low Soil Fertility and Chronic Poverty"Nature Geoscience. 8.12 (2015): 907-912
  • Rohr, Jason; Barrett, Christopher; Civitello, David; Craft, Meggan; Delius, Bryan; DeLeo, Giulio; Hudson, Peter; Jouanard, Nicolas; Nguyen, Karena; Ostfeld, Richard; Remais, Justin; Riveau, Gilles; Sokolow, Susanne; Tilman, David. "Emerging Human Infectious Diseases and the Links to Global Food Production"Nature Sustainability. 2.6 (2019): 445-456
  • Barrett, Christopher; Constas, Mark. "Toward a theory of resilience for international development applications"Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 111.40 (2014): 14625-14630
  • Barrett, Christopher; Cason, Jeffery; Lentz, Erin. Overseas Research: A Practical Guide: Third Edition. Routledge. 3rd (forthcoming).

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow (2016) American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • USAID Science and Technology Pioneers Prize, Grand Prize winner (2013) US Agency for International Development
  • Fellow (2010) Agricultural and Applied Economics Association
  • Fellow (2010) African Association of Agricultural Economists
  • Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award for ten or more years’ experience (2017)

Recent Courses

  • AEM 2000 - Contemporary Controversies in the Global Economy
  • AEM 7650/ECON 7650 - Development Microeconomics Graduate Research Seminar
  • AEM 9900 - Doctoral-Level Thesis Research
  • AEM 7900 - Graduate-Level Thesis Research
  • AEM 7000 - Individual Study in Applied Economics and Management
  • AEM 4970 - Individual Study in Applied Economics and Management
  • AEM 8900 - Master's Level Thesis Research
  • AEM 4980 - Supervised Teaching Experience
  • AEM 4990 - Undergraduate Research

Academic Degrees

  • PhD University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1994
  • MS University of Oxford, 1985
  • BA Princeton University, 1984