Eric Crawford

Eric Crawford
Telephone: 517-432-2481

Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

Professor, FSG Co-Director


Ph.D., Cornell University
M.P.A., Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
B.A., Pomona College

Prior to his doctoral studies, professor in the tenure system Eric Crawford worked on rural and agricultural development programs in Kenya for five years, initially as a Peace Corps volunteer. He joined the department at Michigan State in 1979 as an assistant professor focusing on international agricultural development. He is appointed in the tenure system. He has taught graduate courses in farm management and benefit-cost analysis. He has been a core faculty member of the department’s USAID-funded rural development and food security projects in Africa since 1980. He worked in Senegal in 1983-86 under a department project with the Institute of Agricultural Research, focusing on farming systems research, fertilizer distribution, and food security policy.

His recent research has covered the evaluation of agricultural research impacts, determinants of farm productivity and investment, benefit-cost analysis of alternative strategies for promoting improved input use, and linking farm household models with climate change and crop models. From September 1992 through September 2006 he served as Associate Chairperson and graduate program coordinator. Since 2006, he has served as Co-Director of the Food Security Group within the department. He is also currently Director of MSU’s Global Center for Food Systems Innovation, and is a Co-PI on several international projects including the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy, the Tanzania Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI), and the Borlaug Higher Education Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) program.

Research and Outreach Interests

  • Modeling of climate change impacts on household food security in Africa
  • Application of budgeting and investment analysis techniques in developing countries
  • Benefit-cost analysis, especially of agricultural input support programs
  • Analysis of farming systems and farm household productivity in Africa
  • Evaluation of agricultural research impacts in Africa

Student Mentoring

Teaching Experience

         (Prior 4 years only)

  • AEC 865, Ag Benefit-Cost Analysis.
  • AEC 890, Independent Study.
  • AEC 992, Seminar in Agricultural Econ.
  • PPL 809, Cost-Benefit Analysis
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