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Jeffrey Michler Assistant Professor

3E70, Agriculture Building


Agricultural and Resource Economics

Research Interests

The primary focus of my research is the application of contract theory and models of industrial organization to problems of agricultural risk management and rural development. My existing research focuses on how agricultural households manage risk to achieve their goals of sustainable development and food security. Complementing and expanding upon this, my recent research investigates the use of contracts in agriculture and estimates the impact of new technology on household welfare and health outcomes. These topics combine to reveal policy relevant insights about agricultural management practices in an uncertain environment.

Areas of specialization

  • Contract theory
  • Applied econometrics
  • Agricultural risk
  • Technology adoption
  • International development


Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017
Ph.D. (Agricultural Economics) Purdue University, 2015
M.A. (Economics) New School for Social Research, 2009
M.A. (Theology) St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, 2007
B.A. (Economics and History) Bethel University, 2003

Selected Recent Publications

Michler, J.D. and A.L. Josephson. 2017. “To Specialize or Diversify: Agricultural Diversity and Poverty Dynamics in Ethiopia.” World Development 89: 214-26.

Michler, J.D. and J.V. Balagtas. 2017. “The Importance of the Savings Device in Precautionary Savings: Empirical Evidence from Rural Bangladesh.” Agricultural Economics 48 (2): 129-41.

Verkaart, S., B. Munyua, K. Mausch, and J.D. Michler. 2017. “Welfare Impacts of Improved Chickpea Adoption: A Pathway for Rural Development in Ethiopia?” Food Policy 66: 50-61.

Michler, J.D. and G. Shively. 2015. “Land Tenure, Tenure Security and Farm Efficiency: Panel Evidence from the Philippines.” Journal of Agricultural Economics 66 (1): 155-69.

Selected Awards

  • U.S. Borlaug Fellowship in Global Food Security
  • International Rice Congress’ Young Rice Scientist Award
  • D. Thomas Woods Memorial Fund for International Studies
  • Frederick N. Andrews Fellowship

Funding Sources

  • Standing Panel of Impact Assessment (SPIA) for the CGIAR
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • University of Illinois ACES International Joint Research Program
  • Purdue Research Foundation


AREC 272 – Introduction to Agricultural Economics