Christopher B. Barrett

Christopher B. Barrett

  • Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management
  • Co-Editor-in-Chief, Food Policy

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Faculty Expertise

  • Applied Economics
  • International and Development Economics and Policy
  • Food and Agricultural Economics
  • Environmental, Energy and Resource Economics and Policy
  • Emerging Markets


Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management


Cornell Directory Entry


Chris Barrett is an agricultural and development economist at Cornell University. He is the Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management, and an International Professor of Agriculture at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, as well as a Professor in the Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy, Director of the Cornell Collaboration on International Development Economics Research, a Senior Faculty Fellow of the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, and a Faculty Fellow at the Cornell Institute for Food Systems. He is co-editor-in-chief of the journal Food Policy, edits the Palgrave Macmillan book series Agricultural Economics and Food Policy, and is an Editorial Board member for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He is an elected Member of the National Academy of Sciences, and an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, and the African Association of Agricultural Economists. He was previously on faculty at Utah State University and has been a visiting faculty member at Harvard, Melbourne, Monash, Notre Dame, Stanford, and UC-San Diego.

Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

  • Elected Member, National Academy of Sciences (2022) National Academy of Sciences
  • Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award for ten or more years’ experience (2017)
  • Award for Scientific Excellence (2016) USAID Board for International Food and Agricultural Development
  • USAID Science and Technology Pioneers Prize, Grand Prize winner (2013) US Agency for International Development
  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities (2009) State University of New York

Recent Courses

  • AEM 2000 - Contemporary Controversies in the Global Economy
  • AEM 7650/ECON 7650 - Development Microeconomics Graduate Research Seminar

Academic Degrees

  • PhD University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1994
  • MS University of Oxford, 1985
  • BA Princeton University, 1984