Forthcoming Book

The Economics of Poverty Trap

The Economics of Poverty Traps (University of Chicago Press and National Bureau of Economic Research 2019)

Editors: Christopher B. Barrett, Michael Carter, Jean-Paul Chavas.

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Seeking Book Proposals

I edit the Palgrave Macmillan Series on Agricultural Economics and Food Policy. We are seeking strong new monographs and welcome unsolicited proposals.

Palgrave Macmillan Series on Agricultural Economics and Food Policy

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Research Group


For a short overview of my work and perspective, please see the Cornell page on Our Business Is A Better World. .


Listen to my appearances on NPR On Point or NPR All Things Considered, watch my appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and testifying before the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee and US Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Watch a video on the work done by Cornellians to reduce poverty around the world, Cornell and Global Poverty Reduction.

Current Research

Office Hours

By appointment.
Please email me to arrange.

Location: 340D Warren Hall

I am on sabbatical in academic year 2019-20.


Campus office phone: (607) 255-4489
Fax: (607) 255-9984