This working paper series is collection of applied economics and policy research by faculty, graduate students (with faculty approval), and visiting scholars of the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, School of Hotel Administration, and the Johnson Graduate School of Management of the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University.

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  • When Distance Drives Distination, Towns can Stimulate Development 

    De Weerdt, Joachim; Christiaensen, Luc; Kunbur, Ravi (2021-02-05)
    While city migrants see their welfare increase much more than those moving to towns, many more rural-urban migrants end up in towns. This phenomenon, documented in detail in Kagera, Tanzania, begs the question why migrants ...
  • Social Externalities and Economic Analysis 

    Fleurbaey, Marc; Kanbur, Ravi (2020-08-06)
    This paper considers and assesses the concept of social externalities through human interdependence, in relation to the economic analysis of externalities in the tradition of Pigou and Arrow, including the analysis of the ...
  • Meet the New Normal, Same as the Old Normal: The State-Market Balance and Economic Policy Debates after the Pandemic 

    Kanbur, Ravi (2020-12-07)
    What will happen to economic policy debates after the Pandemic? The majority view seems to be that nothing will ever be the same again. A new normal will be upon us. A combination of prediction and hope points to a major ...
  • Economic Inequality and Academic Freedom 

    Kanbur, Ravi (2020-08-05)
    The term academic freedom these days invokes controversies on freedom of speech, de-platforming and cancel culture. These are important debates but they are not the focus of this essay, for the simple reason that they are ...
  • COVID-19 Impact on Fruit and Vegetable Markets: One Year Later 

    Chenarides, Lauren; Richards, Timothy; Rickard, Richard (2021-03)
    More than one year after the outbreak of COVID-19, fruit and vegetable markets continue to adjust to the evolving landscape. In this article, we focus on three key measures of input and output market performance that serve ...
  • A Scoping Review of the Development Resilience Literature: Theory, Methods, and Evidence 

    Barrett, Christopher; Ghezzi-Kopel, Kate; Hoddinott, John; Homami, Nima; Tennant, Elizabeth; Upton, Joanna; Wu, Tong (2021-01)
    Development and humanitarian agencies have rapidly embraced the concept of resilience since the 2008 global financial and food price crises. We report the results of a formal scoping review of the literature on development ...
  • Structural Transformation, Agriculture, Climate and the Environment 

    Barrett, Christopher; Ortiz-Bobea, Ariel; Pham, Trinh (2021-01)
    This paper reviews the feedbacks between structural transformation and agriculture, on the one hand, and climate and the natural environment, on the other. The longstanding, dominant economic development narrative largely ...
  • Experimental Evidence on Adoption and Impact of the System of Rice Intensification 

    Barrett, Christopher; Islam, Asad; Malek, Abdul; Pakrashi, Debayan; Ruthbah, Ummul (2021-01)
    We report the results of a large-scale, multi-year experimental evaluation of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), an innovation that first emerged in Madagascar in the 1980s and has now diffused to more than 50 ...


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