John Hoddinott is the H.E. Babcock Professor of Food & Nutrition Economics and Policy and Chris Barrett is the Stephen B. & Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management and an International Professor of Agriculture in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, a Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics, and a Fellow in the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University.
As co-chairs of NEUDC 2018, one of the longest running and largest development economics conferences in the world, we have had the unique opportunity of reviewing more than 600 papers submitted this year. While this is not a representative sample of all the work currently taking place in development economics, it does provide a window through which we can consider the state of the field. Aided in part by 65 reviewers, who generously provided assessments of these papers, we think four patterns merit discussion. Continue reading