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Development economists at Michigan study such diverse topics as agriculture, international migration, political economy, economic history, microfinance, health, education, firms, and the environment.  It is an eclectic subfield, drawing on all other subfields of economics. Students studying development at Michigan can tap faculty across all other subfields in the department, as well as from other units on campus such as the schools of public policy, business, information, environment and sustainability, and public health. Development faculty at Michigan from all these units consider themselves an integrated group, gather weekly at the Economic Development Seminar (EDS), and co-advise Ph.D. students’ dissertations. For further information, please see the Development Economics @ Michigan website. 



Primary Appointment outside the Economics Department

Ross School of Business

School for Evironment and Sustainability

School of Public Health

Ford School of Public Policy

Ross School of Business

School of Information & Department of Economics (courtesy)

Recent Graduate Student Placement Locations

Ashoka University

Duke University


Inter-American Development Bank

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Loyola Marymount


NHH Norwegian School of Economics

Peking University

Penn State

Princeton University

UC Irvine

UC San Diego

University of Alabama

University of Maryland

University of Minnesota

University of Washington

William and Mary

Seminars, Reading Groups, Lunches, etc.

Economic Development Seminar (Thursday afternoons)

Health, History, Development and Demography Lunch Seminar (H2D2) (Wednesdays)

Selected Recent Publications