Ralph D. Christy joined the Cornell faculty in 1991. In 2000, he was named the J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise.
Professor Christy's research and teaching interests are in the areas of agricultural marketing, public policy and economic development. His current research focuses on assessing the impact of structural and organizational changes in domestic agribusiness and value-added industries on the effectiveness of competition at various levels in the food system. An additional research priority is the analysis of key organizational and behavioral decisions that affect the competitive position of firms, marketing institutions, and industries in developing countries.
He has worked as an agricultural economist in Cameroon, Jamaica, Kenya, Slovakia, and Zimbabwe.
Christy, Ralph; Levine, Gilbert (Internet-First University Press, 2013-06-21)
Ralph Christy, J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship & Personal Enterprise at Cornell University, discusses with Gilbert Levine, Emeritus Professor of biological and environmental engineering, the current activities of the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development.
Christy, Ralph (The Internet-First University Press, 2011-09-15)
Professor Ralph D. Christy is Director of Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development and Professor of Emerging Markets within the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, where he conducts food marketing research and educational programs on the economic performance of markets and distribution systems in developing countries. In this lecture for the Cornell Association of Professors Emeriti on September 15, 2011 he describes the work he is doing to develop markets for rural economies in Africa, how he is engaging Cornell students in that process worldwide and presents a compelling argument that “Small Is Still Beautiful.”
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