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ADDRESS:

Office:

102 Simon Center
Department of Economics
Lafayette College
Easton, PA 18042-1776
Tel: 610 330-5673
Fax: 610 330-5715
e-mail: stifeld@lafayette.edu

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EDUCATION:

1.  Ph.D. in Economics, Cornell University, January 2000.

2.  M.A.  in Economics, Cornell University, January 1999.

3.  M.A in International Relations, The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), May 1991.

4.  B.A. in Asian Studies, Colgate University, May 1988.

WORK & ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE:

  1. Lafayette College
    1. Head, Department of Economics. July 2021 to present
    2. Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics. July 2020 to present.
    3. Faculty Athletics Representative, Department of Athletics, September 2016 to present.
    4. Assistant Department Head, Department of Economics. July 2018 to June 2021.
    5. Professor of Economics. July 2015 to July 2020.
    6. Chair, International Affairs Program. July 2010 to June 2016.
    7. Associate Professor of Economics. July 2010 to June 2015.
    8. Assistant Professor of Economics. August 2003 to June 2010.
  2. International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sabbatical Research Fellow. June 2019 to July 2020 (sabbatical leave).
  3. Review of Development Economics. Co-Editor. January 2015 to May 2019.
  4. International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Visiting Research Fellow. June 2011 to July 2012  (sabbatical leave).
  5. World Bank, Antananarivo, Madagascar. Short Term Consultant. July 2006-July 2007 (research leave).
  6. Cornell University
    1. Research Associate, Cornell Food and Nutrition Policy Program. December 1999 to August 2003.
      1. Ilo Project, Antananarivo, Madagascar, July 2000 to July 2001.
    2. Lecturer, Department of Economics. Summer 1998, Spring 2000, Fall 2001 to August 2003.
    3. Teaching Assistant Trainer, Department of Economics. August 1996 to December 1999.
    4. Teaching Assistant, Department of Economics. August 1995 to May 1999.
  7. Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand. Lecturer, Department of Economics. January to May 1994.
  8. Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), Bangkok, Thailand. Research Associate. June 1991 to May 1994.
  9. US-China Business Council, Washington, DC. Research Assistant. March 1990 to May 1991. 

ACADEMIC PAPERS:

Note: You can access some of my abstracts/papers on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) or through Research Papers in Economics (RePEc). Please also see my Google Scholar page.

Papers Published in Refereed Journals:

1.    “A Green-Gray Path to Global Water Security and Sustainable Infrastructure.” (with Charles Vörösmarty, Ben Stewart-Koster, Pamela Green, Edward Boone, Martina Flörke, Günther Fischer, David Wiberg, Stuart Bunn, Anik Bhaduri, Peter McIntyre, William Cosgrove, Claudia Sadoff, Hongxing Liu), Global Environmental Change, Vol. 70, September 2021, 102344. (Open Access) (Click here for more information)

2.    “The role of social identity in improving access to water, sanitation and health: Evidence from Nepal.” (with Soumya Balasubramanya, Muzna Alvi, and Claudia Ringler), Development Policy Review, 2021. (Open Access) 

3.    “Water shortages, irrigation frequency and preference for technologies and agricultural services: the case of Jordan.” (with Soumya Balasubramanya and Rachael McDonnell), Irrigation and Drainage, 2021. (Open Access) 

4.    “Electric Pumps, Groundwater, Agriculture, and Water Buyers: Evidence from West Bengal” (with Marie-Charlotte Buisson and Soumya Balasubramanya), Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 57, No. 11, 2021. (Open Access)

5.    “International Student-Migrant Flows and Growth in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Brain Gain or Brain Drain?” (with Jean Donovan Rasamoelison and Susan Averett), Applied Economics, Vol. 53, No. 34, March 2021.

6.    “Viewpoint: Water, Agriculture and Poverty in an Era of Climate Change” (with Soumya Balasubramanya), Food Policy, Vol. 97, May 2020, 101905. (Open Access)

7.    “Chronic Kidney Disease and Household Behaviors in Sri Lanka:  Historical Choices of Drinking Water and Agrochemical Use” (with Soumya Balasubramanya, Ted Horbulyk, and Kashi Kafle), Economics and Human Biology, Vol. 37, May 2020. (Open Access)

8.    “Rural Food Markets and Child Nutrition,” (with Derek Headey, Kalle Hirvonen, and John Hoddinott), American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 101, No. 5, 2019.

9.    “Remoteness, Urbanization and Child Nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa,” (with Derek Headey, Liangzhi You, and Zhe Guo), Agricultural Economics, Vol. 49, No. 6, 2018. (Open Access)

10.      “Children’s Diets, Nutrition Knowledge and Access to Markets,” (with Kalle Hirvonen, John Hoddinott, and Bart Minten), World Development, Vol 95, July, 2017.

11.      “Market Access, Well-Being, and Nutrition: Evidence from Ethiopia,” (with Bart Minten), World Development, Vol. 90, February, 2017.

12.      “Economic Benefits and Returns to Rural Feeder Roads: Evidence from Ethiopia,” (with Bart Minten and Bethlehem Koro), Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 52, No. 9, 2016.

13.      “Structural Transformation of Cereal Markets in Ethiopia,” (with Bart Minten and Seneshaw Tamiru), Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 50, No. 5, 2014.

14.      “The Last Mile(s) in Modern Input Distribution: Evidence from Northwest Ethiopia,” (with Bart Minten and Bethlehem Koro), Agricultural Economics, Vol. 44, No. 6, 2013.

15.     “Forest Management and Economic Rents: Evidence from the Charcoal Trade in Madagascar,”(with Bart Minten and Klas Sander), Energy and Sustainable Development, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2013.

16.    “Small Area Estimation-Based Prediction Methods to Track Poverty: Validations and Applications” (with Christiaensen, Luc, Peter Lanjouw, and Jill Luoto),  Journal of Economic Inequality, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2012.

17.    “Taboos, Agriculture and Poverty” (with Marcel Fafchamps and Bart Minten), Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 47, No. 10, 2011.

18.     “The Evolution of Groupwise Poverty in Madagascar, 1999-2005” (with Felix Forster and Christopher Barrett), Journal of African Economies, Vol. 19, No. 4, August 2010, doi:10.1093/jae/ejq009.

19.     “The Rural Non-Farm Economy, Livelihood Strategies Household Welfare,” African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2010. (Associated Policy Brief)

20.     “Race and Gender Differences in the Cognitive Effects of Childhood Overweight” (with Susan Averett), Applied Economics Letters, Vol. 17, No. 17, 2010.

21.     “Childhood Overweight in the United States: A Quantile Regression Approach” (with Susan Averett), Economics and Human Biology, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2009.

22.     “Isolation and Agricultural Productivity” (with Bart Minten), Agricultural Economics Vol. 39, No. 1, 2008. (Abstract).

Awarded “Best Article in Agricultural Economics 2008”.

23.    “Tracking Poverty Over Time in the Absence of Comparable Consumption Data” (with Luc Christiaensen) World Bank Economic Review Vol. 21, No. 2, 2007.

24.    “The ‘Glass of Milk’ Subsidy Program and Malnutrition in Peru” (With Harold Alderman), World Bank Economic Review, Vol. 20, No. 3, December 2006. Abstract

25.     “Agricultural Policy in Madagascar: A Seasonal Multi-Market Model” (With Jean Claude Randrianarisoa), Journal of Policy Modeling, Vol. 28, No. 9, December 2006. Abstract

26.  “Targeting at the Margin: The ‘Glass of Milk’ Subsidy Program in Peru” (With Harold Alderman), Journal of Development Studies Vol. 41, No. 5, July 2005. Abstract

27.  “Urban-Rural Inequality in Africa” (with David Sahn), Journal of African Economies Vol. 12, No. 4, December 2003. Abstract.

28.  “Exploring Alternative Measures of Welfare in the Absence of Expenditure Data” (with David Sahn), Review of Income and Wealth Vol. 49, No. 4, December 2003. Abstract.

Also published online in the 2012 Review of Income and Wealth Virtual Issue as one of the top three most cited papers from ISI Thomson.

29.  “A Dual-Dual CGE Model of an Archetype African Economy” (with Erik Thorbecke), Journal of Policy Modeling Vol. 25, Issue 3, April 2003.

30.  “Progress Toward the Millennium Development Goals in Africa” (With David Sahn), World Development Vol. 31, No. 1, January 2003. Abstract

31. “Parental Preferences for Nutrition of Boys and Girls: Evidence from Africa” (with David Sahn), Journal of Development Studies Vol. 39, No. 1, October 2002. Abstract

32. “Robust Comparisons of Malnutrition in Developing Countries” (with David Sahn), American Journal of Agricultural Economics Vol. 84, No. 3, August 2002. Abstract.

Reprinted in Jha, Raghbendra, and Raghav Gaiha, eds. Forthcoming. The Economics of Food Security. Edward Elgar, UK.

33. “Poverty Comparisons Over Time and Across Countries in Africa” (with David Sahn), World Development Vol. 28, No. 12, December 2000. Abstract.

34. “A Vision of Southeast Asia in the Year 2000: Toward a Common Economic Regime” (with Narongchai Akrasanee), Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 16, No. 1, June 1994.

Chapters in Edited Volumes:

1 .    “Droughts, Cereal Prices, and Price Stabilization Options,” (with Paul Dorosh, Jenny Smart, and Bart Minten), in Dorosh, Paul, and Bart Minten, eds., 2020, Ethiopia’s Agri-Food System: Past Trends, Present Challenges, and Future Scenarios. International Food Policy Research Institute. (Open Access)  

2 .    “Food Security,” (with Ibrahim Worku), in Dorosh, Paul, and Bart Minten, eds., 2020, Ethiopia’s Agri-Food System: Past Trends, Present Challenges, and Future Scenarios. International Food Policy Research Institute. (Open Access) 

3 .    “Structural Transformation of Teff Markets,” (with Bart Minten and Seneshaw Tamru), in Minten, Bart, Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse, and Petra Brown, eds., 2018, The Economics of Teff: Exploring Ethiopia’s Biggest Cash Crop. International Food Policy Research Institute.

4 .    “Estimating Utility-Consistent Poverty in Madagascar, 2001-2010,” (with Tiaray Razafimanantena and Faly Rakotomanana), in Arndt, Channing, and Finn Tarp, eds., 2017, Measuring Poverty and Wellbeing in Developing Countries. Oxford University Press.

5 .    “Estimating Utility-Consistent Poverty in Ethiopia, 2000-2011,” (with Tassew Woldehanna), in Arndt, Channing, and Finn Tarp, eds., 2017, Measuring Poverty and Wellbeing in Developing Countries. Oxford University Press.

6 .    “Utility-Consistent Poverty in Madagascar, 2001-2010: Snapshots in the Presence of Multiple Economy-Wide Shocks,” (with Tiaray Razafimanantena and Faly Rakotomanana), in Arndt, Channing, Andy McKay, and Finn Tarp, eds., 2016, Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa. Oxford University Press.

7 .    “Poverty in Ethiopia, 2000-2011: Welfare Improvements in a Changing Economic Landscape, (with Tassew Woldehanna), in Arndt, Channing, Andy McKay, and Finn Tarp, eds., 2016, Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa. Oxford University Press.

Other Academic Papers:

1 .    “Droughts, Cereal Prices, and Price Stabilization Options in Ethiopia” (with Paul Dorosh, Jenny Smart, and Bart Minten), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Ethiopia Strategy Support Program II (ESSP II) Working Paper No. 126, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 2018.

2 .    “The Impact of Large-Scale Social Protection Interventions on Grain Prices in Poor Countries: Evidence from Ethiopia,” (with John Hoddinott, Kalle Hirvonen, and Bart Minten), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Ethiopia Strategy Support Program II (ESSP II) Working Paper No. 116, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 2018.

3 .    “Remoteness, Urbanization and Child Nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa,” (with Derek Headey, Liangzhi You, and Zhe Gio), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Discussion Paper No. 01694, December 2017.

4 .    “The Last Mile(s) in Modern Input Distribution: Evidence from Northwest Ethiopia,” (with Bart Minten and Bethlehem Koro), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Ethiopia Strategy Support Program II (ESSP II) Working Paper No. 51, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 2013. (ESSP II Working Papers website).

5 .    “Economic Benefits and Returns to Rural Feeder Roads: Evidence from a Quasi-Experimental Setting in Ethiopia,” (with Bart Minten and Bethlehem Koro), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Ethiopia Strategy Support Program II (ESSP II) Working Paper No. 40, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 2012. (ESSP II Working Papers website).

6.     “Structural Transformation in Ethiopia: Evidence from Cereal Markets,” (with Bart Minten and Seneshaw Tamiru), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Ethiopia Strategy Support Program II (ESSP II) Working Paper No. 39, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 2012. (ESSP II Working Papers website)

7 .     “The Reliability of Small Area Estimation Prediction Methods to Track Poverty” (with Luc Christiaensen, Peter Lanjouw and Jill Luoto), WIDER Working Paper No. 2010/99, 2010.

8.     “The Demand for Hired Labor in Rural Madagascar” (with Jean Claude Randrianarisoa and Christopher Barrett), mimeo, Lafayette College, January 2009. Funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) through the Improving Labour Market Outcomes for the Poor in Sub-Saharan Africa: Ghana, Madagascar, South Africa and Tanzania project.

9.    “Food for Thought: The Cognitive Effects of Childhood Malnutrition in the United States” (with Susan Averett), Lafayette College, June 2007.

10.     “Exploring the Role of Employment and Earnings in Poverty Reduction” (with Margo Hoftijzer), a paper prepared for the 2007 World Bank Development Economics (DEC) Economists’ Forum, April 2007.

11.    “Assessing Labor Market Conditions in Madagascar, 2001-2005” (with Faly Hery Rakotomanana and Elena Celada), World Bank Africa Region Working Paper Series, No. 105.  Washington, DC.  July 2007. (Associated Policy Brief)

12.  “Rice Prices, Agricultural Input Subsidies, Transactions Costs and Seasonality: A Multi-Market Model Approach to Poverty and Social Impact Analysis for Madagascar” (with Jean Claude Randrianarisoa), mimeo, World Bank, January 2004.

13.  “Note on the Revision of the Madagascar PSIA Multi-Market Model to Incorporate the FMG Depreciation.” Mimeo, World Bank, July 2004.

14.  “Analyse des impacts de la politique agricole sur la pauvreté: résultats d’un modèle multimarché” (with Jean Claude Randrianarisoa), in Bart Minten, Jean-Claude Randrianarisoa and Lalaina Randrianarison, Eds., 2003, Agriculture, pauvreté rurale et politiques économiques à Madagascar, Cornell Food and Nutritional Policy Program: Ithaca, NY.

15.  “Eloignement, routes, agriculture et pauvreté” (with Bart Minten and Lalaina Randrianarison), in Bart Minten, Jean-Claude Randrianarisoa and Lalaina Randrianarison, Eds., 2003, Agriculture, pauvreté rurale et politiques économiques à Madagascar, Cornell Food and Nutritional Policy Program: Ithaca, NY.

16.  “The Glass of Milk Subsidy Program and Malnutrition in Peru” (with Harold Alderman), World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 3089, June 2003.

17.  “Transactions Costs and Agricultural Productivity: Implications of Isolation for Rural Poverty in Madagascar” (with Bart Minten and Paul Dorosh), Markets and Structural Studies Division (MSSD) Discussion Paper No. 56, International Food Policy Research Institute, February 2003. (Webcast of an April 29th, 2003 presentation of this paper at the World Bank) Abstract

18. “Changes in Poverty in Madagascar: 1993-1999” (also in French, “Dynamique de la Pauvrete a Madagascar, 1993 a 1999″) (with Jean Razafindravonona and Stefano Paternostro),  World Bank Africa Region Working Paper Series, No. 19.  Washington, DC.  July 2001. A report for the USAID-funded Ilo Project. Abstract.

19. “Changes in Poverty in Fianarantsoa: 1993-1999” (in French, “Dynamique de la Pauvrete a Fianarantsoa, 1993 a 1999″) (with Jean Razafindravonona), Institute National de la Statistique,  Antananarivo, Madagascar.  February 2001. A report for the USAID-funded Ilo Project.

20. “Assets as a Measure of Welfare in Developing Countries” (with David Sahn), Center for Social Development Working Paper 00-11, Washington University, St. Louis. 2000.

21. “Explaining Changes in Malnutrition in 12 African Countries” (with David Sahn), Cornell University.  Ithaca, NY.  February 2000.

22. “Inter-temporal Welfare Changes: Preliminary Results for Nine African Countries,” (With David Sahn and Stephen Younger), CFNPP Working Paper, No. 94, Cornell University.  March 1999.

23. “The Political Economy of the ASEAN Free Trade Area” (with Narongchai Akrasanee), in Ross Garnaut and Peter Drysdale, eds., Asia Pacific Regionalism: Readings in International Economic Relations, HarperEducational, Pymble, Australia, 1994.

24. “AFTA and Foreign Direct Investment,” (with Narongchai Akrasanee), TDRI Quarterly Review Vol. 7, No. 4, September 1993.

25. “China and Economic Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region,” (with Narongchai Akrasanee), TDRI Quarterly Review Vol. 7, No. 4, December 1992.

26. “Vietnam’s Reform Process: Implications for Thailand,” TDRI Quarterly Review Vol. 7, No. 2, June 1992.


AWARDS AND HONORS:

1. Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Award for superior teaching and scholarly contributions to a discipline (Lafayette College), May 2018.

2. Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Economics Department from Omicron Delta Epsilon economics honor society, Alpha Delta Chapter (Lafayette College), Multiple years: April/May 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2018, and 2021.

3. James E. Lennertz Prize for Exceptional Teaching and Mentoring (Lafayette College), May 2015.

4. Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing (Economics and Human Biology), June 2014.

5. Aaron O. Hoff Organization Advisor of the Year Award (Lafayette College), May 2013.

6. Student Government Superior Teaching Award (Lafayette College), May 2011.

7.  Marquis Distinguished Teaching Award for distinctive and extraordinary teaching (Lafayette College), May 2010.

8. Award for Best Paper in Agricultural Economics 2008. “Isolation and Agricultural Productivity” (with Bart Minten). Awarded at the IAAE 27th Conference of International Agricultural Economists, Beijing, 16-22 August 2009.

9. Honorary member of Sigma Iota Rho, international affairs honor society, April 2009.

10. Who’s Who in Agriculture Higher Education, August 2003.

11.  Davenport Award for Excellence in Teaching, Cornell University, June 1996.

12.  Scholarship for the study of Chinese Language in Taiwan, Ministry of Education, Republic of China, January 1989.

13.  Award for Excellence in Asian Studies, Colgate University, May 1988.

PAPERS/PROPOSALS REVIEWED FOR:

African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Agricultural Economics
American Journal of Agricultural Economics
Development Policy Review
Eastern Economic Journal
Economic Development and Cultural Change
Economics and Human Biology
Economic Journal
Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
Empirical Economics
Ethiopian Development Research Institute
European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research
Food Policy
Food Security
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
GeoJournal
Global Food Security
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Israeli Ministry of Science & Technology
IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor)
Journal of African Economies
Journal of Development Studies
Journal of Development Economics
Journal of Economic Inequality
Journal of Economics
Journal of Population Economics
Journal of Public Economics
Journal of Rural Studies
Latin American Research Review
Oxford Development Studies
Review of Development Economics
Review of Income and Wealth
Social Science & Medicine
South African Journal of Economics
Southern Economic Journal
The Sociological Quarterly
Transport
UK Department for International Development (DFID)
World Bank Economic Review
World Development
WOTRO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research)

INVITED SEMINARS:

Carleton College
Carleton University
Cornell University
Ethiopia Central Statistics Agency (CSA)
Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI)
Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI)
George Washington University
Hartwick College
Illinois State University
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Kenyon College
Lafayette College
Lehigh University
Syracuse University
SUNY Binghamton
Union College
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
USAID Madagascar Mission
University of North Florida
The World Bank.

LANGUAGES:

1. Chinese – proficient
2. French – basic
3. Thai – basic

OVERSEAS EXPERIENCES:

In addition to extensive travel in Asia, Africa and Europe…

  1. Lived and worked in Colombo, Sri Lanka – June 2019 – March 2020
  2. Lived and worked in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 2011-2012.
  3. Led Lafayette College Interim Course to Madagascar (Lafayette Initiative for Malagasy Education, LIME) – January 2010-2013, 2015-2017, & 2019.
  4. Led Lafayette College Interim Course to Thailand and Myanmar – January 2005 & 2006.
  5. Lived and worked in Antananarivo, Madagascar – 2000-2001 and 2006-2007.
  6. Lived and worked in Bangkok, Thailand – 1991-1994.
  7. Studied abroad as a student in Taiwan – Spring 1987, 1988-1989
  8. Born and lived in Bangkok, Thailand – 1965-1974.

 

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