Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Former Assistant Professor, International Development
Currently Spatial Economist at International
Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.A., Arizona State University
B.A., University of Washington
Jordan Chamberlin is currently a Spatial Economist at International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). He was formerly an Assistant Professor, International Development, and a member of AFRE’s Food Security Group. He joined the AFREfaculty in May 2013 and was on long-term assignment in Lusaka, Zambia with the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI), formerly the Food Security Research Project. He conducted collaborative research and training on microeconomic analysis of smallholder livelihoods in Zambia and elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa.
Jordan began his work in rural development as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, where he worked with beekeepers in Canindeyú Department. Prior to coming to Michigan State, he was a Scientist with the International Food Policy Research Institute, based in Ethiopia.
Research and Outreach Interests
- Evolving land markets and related institutions in Africa
- Rural population mobility and the functioning of land and labor markets
- Linkages between rural infrastructure investments, market access and smallholder commercialization
- Market intermediation services provided by small traders and transporters
- Integration of household survey data with remote sensing and geospatial information
- Spatial econometric methods applied within household survey data contexts
- Ongoing advising of 4 Zambian research fellows on selected topic
- Google Scholar Publications and Citations
- RePEc (Log Ec) Access Statistics
- All Past Funded Research Projects With External Funding – via
Chamberlin, Jordan, T. S. Jayne, and D. Headey. 2014. “Scarcity amidst abundance? Reassessing the potential for cropland expansion in Africa.” Food Policy.
Chamberlin, J. and T.S. Jayne. 2012. Unpacking the Meaning of “Market Access”. World Development. Volume 41, January 2013, Pages 245–264.
Chamberlin, J. and E. Schmidt. 2012. Ethiopian Agriculture: A Dynamic Geographic Perspective. Chapter 2 in: “Food and Agriculture in Ethiopia: Progress and Policy Challenges.” International Food Policy Research Institute and University of Pennsylvania press.
Chamberlin, J. 2007. It’s a small world after all: Defining smallholder agriculture in Ghana. GSSP Working Paper 6. International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington DC. http://www.ifpri.org/publication/defining-smallholder-agriculture-ghana
Chamberlin, J., J. Pender, and B. Yu. 2006. Development Domains for Ethiopia: Capturing the Geographical Context of Smallholder Development Options. ESSP Working Paper 6. International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington DC. http://www.ifpri.org/publication/development-domains-ethiopia
Recent Research and Policy Presentations
- Does Land Titling Increase Smallholder Agricultural Productivity in Zambia? Munguzwe Hichaambwa, Nicholas Sitko, and Jordan Chamberlin. IAPRI Policy Brief No. 63. February, 2014.
- Potential for Cropland Expansion in Africa: Estimates under Alternative Assumptions. Presentation by Jordan Chamberlin, T. S. Jayne, Derek Headey. 4th International Conference of the African Association of Agricultural Economists. Hammamet, Tunisia. September 22-25, 2013.
- Land constraints in Africa and their implications for development. Derek Headey, Thom Jayne, and Jordan Chamberlin. University of California, Davis, October 14, 2013.
- Unpacking the Meaning of “Market Access” in Kenya. Jordan Chamberlin and T.S. Jayne. Presentation by Chamberlin at MSU‘s Africanist Graduate Student Research Conference, East Lansing. October 8, 2011.
- Impacts of Land Rental Markets on Rural Has Kenyan Farmers Access to Markets and Services Improved? Survey Evidence, 1997-2007. Jordan Chamberlin and T.S. Jayne. Tegemeo Institute Agricultural Policy Conference, 27 October 2010