Christopher B. Barrett, Cornell University

Professor Ithaca, New York cbb2@cornell.edu Office: (607) 255-4489

Bio/Research

My research, teaching and outreach explore why unnecessary injustice continues to disfigure the richest, most technologically advanced societies in history and what individuals and institutions can do to improve matters. There are three basic, interrelated thrusts to my work. The first concerns i...

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Bio/Research

My research, teaching and outreach explore why unnecessary injustice continues to disfigure the richest, most technologically advanced societies in history and what individuals and institutions can do to improve matters. There are three basic, interrelated thrusts to my work. The first concerns improving our understanding of the drivers of poverty and food insecurity, and how private and public policy can facilitate desirable structural transformation in low-income societies. The second considers issues of individual and market behavior under risk and uncertainty and how those can cause or prolong unnecessary human suffering. The third revolves around the interrelationship between poverty, food insecurity and environmental stress. These topics necessarily cross disciplinary lines, drawing me into stimulating interdisciplinary work with natural scientists and non-economist social scientists, from whom my students and I learn much.

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