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Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics


Recent Publications

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The Bangladesh Delta is at the confluence of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna Rivers and home to over 158 million people with a high growth rate of ~2.5 million people per year. It is continuously threatened by monsoonal flooding, sea-level rise, saltwater intrusion, sediment load, coastal erosion, land subsidence, blockage of river run-off, and accelerated mountain glacier melt. In the face of such climate variability, residents face tremendous environmental risk related to annual crop/income loss as well as potentially permanent loss of assets and livelihoods. This paper uses a long-...
The use of development impact fees to finance public facilities that are necessary to service new growth is a practice that has gained importance and acceptance in the last decade. In the U.S. the practice and widespread use of the DIF are asymmetric. Even though DIF are widely accepted, many public officials, developers and the general public do not yet understand the need for DIF and their effect on the economy. There are important policy and legal issues involved. Selected state experience is reviewed here. By Lawrence Libby
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(with Md. Nazmul Hassan) Using a unique panel dataset that includes linked data on migrants and origin households, we assess the impact of information asymmetries. Variation in travel times is used to generate variation in the cost of communication between migrants and origin households. However, because migration, as well as the destination, may be chosen with information asymmetries in mind, two sets of instrumental variables are employed: wages and migrant networks at potential destinations. Preliminary results suggest that both migrants and origin households face agency problems...
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(with Olga Kondratjeva) This paper uses data from the Living Standards Measurement Survey 1998 and 2005 from Nicaragua to identify the effect of borrowing behavior on children’s schooling. It examines how much schooling children obtain, when comparing children from borrowing and non-borrowing households and children from households with a male and a female borrower. Findings of the econometric analysis indicate that girls from non-borrowing households compared to girls from households with a female borrower and boys from non-borrowing households compared to boys from households with a male...