Chris Barrett

Chris Barrett is the David J. Nolan Director, Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management, and an International Professor of Agriculture, all at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, as well as a Professor in the Department of Economics and a Fellow of the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, all at Cornell University. He holds degrees from Princeton (A.B., History, 1984), Oxford (M.S., Development Economics, 1985) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (dual Ph.D., Economics and Agricultural Economics, 1994). Professor Barrett has published or in press 14 books and more than 270 journal articles or book chapters, that have collectively been cited more than 17,000 times. He has been principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on more than $30 million in extramural research grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the National Science Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Rockefeller Foundation, USAID, and various other corporate, foundation, government agency and nongovernmental organization sponsors. He has supervised more than 60 graduate students and post-docs, many of whom are now on leading faculties and in research institutes worldwide. He served as editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics from 2003-2008, currently edits the Palgrave Macmillan book series Agricultural Economics and Food Policy, and is presently an associate editor or editorial board member of the African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, the Egerton (Kenya) Journal of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, the European Review of Agricultural Economics, Food Security, the Journal of African Economies, the Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, the Journal of Development Studies and World Development. He is Chair-Elect of the International Section of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and previously served as President of the Association of Christian Economists and on a variety of boards. He has won several university, national and international awards for teaching, research and public outreach, and is an elected Fellow of both of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and of the African Association of Agricultural Economists. He and his wife, Clara, have five children and live in Lansing, NY.

Content by Chris Barrett
  • Publication - Working Paper

    System of rice intensification in rural Bangladesh: Adoption, diffusion and impact

    25 Feb 2016 | Chris Barrett, Marcel Fafchamps, Debayan Pakrashi

  • Project

    Technology adoption and diffusion: The System of Rice Intensification and food security in Bangladesh

    We examine the role of farmers’ social networks to understand the diffusion and adoption of the 'System of Rice Intensification' (SRI) in Bangladesh.  Our results show that agricultural productivity could be increased significantly by adopting SRI and diffusion through opinion leaders or role models could be an effective way for information dissemination at the...

    4 Sep 2015 | Asadul Islam, Chris Barrett, Marcel Fafchamps

  • Project

    Technology adoption and food security in rural Bangladesh

    The “System of Rice Intensification” (SRI), developed in Madagascar in the 1980s for liquidity-constrained smallholder farmers like those in Bangladesh, has demonstrated dramatic potential for increasing rice yields without requiring additional purchased inputs (seed, fertilizer, etc.), nor increased irrigation. But these gains, although widely documented in...

    30 Sep 2014 | Chris Barrett, Marcel Fafchamps, Garth Holloway, Asadul Islam, Mohammad Abdul Malek, Ummul Hasanath Ruthbah, Jeffrey LaFrance, Debayan Pakrashi

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Community Involvement in Public Goods Provision (Policy Brief)

    1 Jun 2011 | Chris Barrett, Thomas Walker, Robert Darko Osei

  • Project

    Public Good Experiments in Ghana

    This study tests the willingness of community members to donate to public infrastructure in four rural communities in Ghana. Using detailed data on the participants and their social networks, it examines the characteristics of those individuals who donate the most, and explore the linkage between donations, the social network and status in the community. Using experimental...

    1 Aug 2009 | Robert Darko Osei, Chris Barrett, Thomas Walker