Megan Sheahan

Position Research Support Specialist
Area of Interest Agricultural development, food security, poverty alleviation
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Megan Sheahan is a Research Support Specialist at Cornell University. Her research interests broadly include agricultural development, food security, and poverty alleviation in Sub-Saharan Africa and India. She holds an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University where her master's thesis explored the profitability and use of inorganic fertilizer in Kenya using household-level panel data she helped to collect. Megan also holds a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Boston University where interest in Fair Trade coffee prompted a senior research project on how the certification was affecting smallholder farmers in two cooperatives in Mexico and Tanzania. Megan has also worked as a consultant for various organizations and, prior to her graduate studies, full time at the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) and Chemonics International. In her free time, Megan enjoys ballet, modern dance, yoga, and cooking and traveling with her husband, Graham.

Journal Articles

  • Megan Sheahan, Joshua Ariga, and T.S. Jayne. “Modeling the impacts of input market reforms on fertilizer demand and maize production: An example from Kenya” Journal of Agricultural Economics, forthcoming.
  • Kazushi Takahasi, Munenobu Ikegami, Megan Sheahan, and Christopher Barrett“Experimental evidence on the drivers of index-based livestock insurance demand in southern Ethiopia” World Development, forthcoming.
  • Megan Sheahan, Roy Black, T.S. Jayne, Are Kenyan farmers under-utilizing fertilizer? Implications for input intensification strategies and research, Food Policy, Volume 41, August 2013, Pages 39-52

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