Lauren Falcao Bergquist

Lauren Falcao Bergquist is Lead Academic for IGC Rwanda.

She is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at the University of Michigan. Her research is in development economics, with a focus on agricultural markets and firms in sub-Saharan Africa. She received her PhD in economics from UC Berkeley in 2017.

Content by Lauren Falcao Bergquist
  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Non-tariff barriers and regional integration in the East African Community

    We conducted surveys with a representative sample of over 1,500 traders in markets near the Kenya-Uganda border, as well as a census of border clearing agents, before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Larger traders are more likely to engage in cross-border trade, likely because the fixed costs of trade barriers mean that per-unit costs fall heaviest on smaller...

    21 Jun 2022 | Lauren Falcao Bergquist, Matthew Grant, Meredith Startz, Eleanor Wiseman

  • Publication - Project Report

    Understanding non-tariff barriers and regional integration in the East African Community

    This study investigates trade and regional integration within the East African Community (EAC), with a particular focus on agricultural goods traded between Kenya and Uganda. In recent years, the EAC has instituted several changes in trade policy, including the introduction of the common market, One Stop Border Post (OSBP), and the single-window policy (a simplified...

    10 Jun 2022 | Lauren Falcao Bergquist, Matthew Grant, Meredith Startz

  • Project

    Transforming agriculture through innovations in output markets in Ghana

    This research project seeks to understand how improved markets for commodities can transform the agricultural value chain from farmers and farming systems to firms and purchasing and planning systems. Firms operating in environments with erratic supplies of agricultural commodities face high implicit transaction costs in operations. Firms that use commodities as inputs also...

    14 Jul 2021 | Yaw Nyarko, Lauren Falcao Bergquist, Lorenzo Casaburi, Chris Udry

  • Project

    Quality upgrading and contract enforcement in Uganda's coffee sector

    There has long been interest in the process of structural transformation, moving from subsistence agriculture to the production of manufactured goods (Lewis, 1954). Improving the value of agricultural exports is often considered an important first step in this process. More broadly, there has been growing interest in quality upgrading in developing country markets and firms...

    3 Dec 2019 | Ameet Morjaria, Lauren Falcao Bergquist, Ritwika Sen

  • Project

    Understanding non-tariff barriers and regional integration in the East African Community

    Non-tariff barriers may be particularly prohibitive to small traders, and therefore may have the unintended consequence of concentrating market power at the border. This can influence the degree of competition in domestic markets within each country. The result is that border policies may affect businesses, farmers, and consumers throughout the country through not only the...

    3 Dec 2019 | Lauren Falcao Bergquist, Matthew Grant

  • Project

    Barriers to market access for smallholder farmers

    In the face of growing food demands from a burgeoning population, East African grain markets are plagued by poor integration.  The symptoms of shallow markets can be seen across space (leading to highly variable prices that do not follow the Law of One Price) as well as across time (leading to prices that tend to be low when farmers are selling and high when they are...

    23 Jul 2015 | Craig McIntosh, Paul Gertler, Lauren Falcao Bergquist