Emma Stephens

Associate Professor of Economics

With Pitzer Since: 2007
Field Group: Economics
Campus Address: Fletcher 222
Phone: 909.607.7952
Email: emma_stephens
Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m.; Wednesdays 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Educational Background

MA, PhD, Economics, Cornell University
BSc, Physics, McGill University

Research Interests

Subsistence farming systems in developing countries, commodity market participation, spatial market analysis, dynamic technology adoption processes and system dynamics

Recent Courses

Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON51)

Microeconomic Theory (ECON105)

Development Economics (ECON140)

Economic History of Globalization (ECON182)

Selected Publications

“Spatial Price Adjustment with and without Trade,” Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, vol. 74, no. 3 (June 2012). With E. Mabaya, S. von Cramon-Taubadel and C.B. Barrett.

“Modeling the Impact of Natural Resource-based Poverty Traps on Food Security in Kenya: The Crops, Livestock and Soils in Smallholder Economic Systems (CLASSES) Model,” Food Security (April 2012). With Charles F. Nicholson, Douglas R. Brown, David Parsons and Christopher B. Barrett, et al.

“Modeling Feedback between Economic and Biophysical Systems in Smallholder Agriculture in Kenya: The Crops, Livestock and Soils in Smallholder Economic Systems (CLASSES) model,” Food Security (revise and resubmit). With Christopher B. Barrett, Douglas R. Brown, Johannes Lehmann, David Mbugua, Solomon Ngoze, Charles F. Nicholson, David Parsons, Alice N. Pell and Susan J. Riha.

“Spatial Price Adjustment with and without Trade,” Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics (July 2011). With Edward Mabaya, Stephan von Cramon-Taubadel, and Christopher B. Barrett.

“Feedback Relationships between New Technology Use and Information Networks: Evidence from Ghana,” Working Paper, Pitzer College (March 2011).

“Incomplete Credit Markets and Commodity Marketing Behavior,” Journal of Agricultural Economics, vol.62, no.1 (February 2011).  With Christopher B. Barrrett.

“Livelihood Strategies in the Rural Kenyan Highlands,” AfJARE, vol.1, no.1 (December 2006). With Douglas R. Brown, James Okuro Ouma, Festus M. Murithi, and Christopher B. Barrett.

Recent Conferences and Invited Talks

“Seasonal Market Usage in rural Ethiopian Teff Markets,” paper presented at the Pacific Conference for Development Economics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, March 13, 2010.

“Modeling Feedback between Economic and Biophysical Systems in Smallholder Agriculture in Kenya: The Crops, Livestock and Soils in Smallholder Economic Systems (CLASSES) model,” paper presented at the Centre for the Study of African Economics Annual Meeting, Oxford University, March 24, 2009. With Christopher B. Barrett, Douglas R. Brown, Johannes Lehmann, David Mbugua, Solomon Ngoze, Charles F. Nicholson, David Parsons, Alice N. Pell and Susan J. Riha.

“Feedback Relationships between New Technology Use and Information Networks: Evidence from Ghana,” paper presented at the Courant Research Centre Inaugural Conference on Poverty, Equity and Growth, University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany, July 2, 2009.

Selected Grants, Awards, and Honors

Mellon Foundation Junior Research Grant, 2010

Sage Fellowship, Cornell University, 2002-2007

Rockefeller Foundation Research Grant for “Missing Credit Markets, Storage and Commodity Market Behavior” in western Kenya, 2005

Additional Information

Curriulum Vitae

Page last updated on January 17, 2017