Maria Porter

Maria Porter

mporter1@msu.edu
Telephone: 517 355 2161

Assistant Professor


Location:

446 W. Circle Dr., Rm 301C, Morrill Hall of Agriculture
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039

Degree:

Ph.D., University of Chicago
M.A., University of Chicago
B.A., Brown University


Maria Porter joined the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics in 2013 as an Assistant Professor (Fixed-Term). She is currently involved in research projects in Burkina Faso, China, Rwanda, and the United Kingdom, as well as in Michigan. Her research involves work in labor economics, impact evaluation, intra-household labor allocation decisions, factors influencing households’ adoption of new crops and agricultural technologies, understanding adult children’s motivations for giving transfers and support to parents, and household bargaining between spouses. She employs a variety of research methods, including randomized control trials, laboratory experiments, and survey data analysis. Maria currently advises several AFRE Ph.D. students in international development.

Maria holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. Before coming to MSU, she was a research fellow at the University of Oxford. She has taught graduate courses in household and development economics, and undergraduate courses in intermediate microeconomics and development economics. She is currently working on Impact Evaluation of the “Scaling Up Sweet Potato Through Agriculture and Nutrition Project.

Research and Outreach Interests:

  • Household and Family Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Impact Evaluation
  • Agricultural Technology Adoption

Student Mentoring

Teaching Experience

  • Lecturer, Development Economics (Graduate), Department of Economics, University of OxfordMichaelmas 2009-2012
  • LecturerDevelopment Economics (Undergraduate), Department of Economics, University of OxfordMichaelmas 2012
  • InstructorElements of Economic Analysis II (Undergraduate), Winter 2005, Department of Economics, University of Chicago
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