• Ph.D., Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California Berkeley
  • M.S., Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Arizona Tucson
  • B.S., University of California Berkeley


Kyle Emerick received his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Berkeley in 2014. His research is in development economics – with a particular focus on the economics of agricultural development.

His work has included studies on the effects of risk-reducing technologies on the decisions of poor farmers in rural India, the efficiency of informal seed exchanges between Indian farmers, and the effects of more secure property rights on labor reallocation in Mexico. His studies rely on both field experiments and observational data.

Areas of expertise

Economic Development

Other Affiliations

  • 2019: Research Affiliate, Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), Development Economics
  • 2020: Affiliate, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL)

Selected Publications and Presentations

Farmer Field Days and Demonstrator Selection for Increasing Technology Adoption (with Manzoor Dar), Review of Economics and Statistics, 2021

Agricultural productivity and the sectoral reallocation of labor in rural India, Journal of Development Economics, 2018

Trading Frictions in Indian Village Economies, Journal of Development Economics, 2018

Technological innovations, downside risk, and the modernization of agriculture (with Alain de Janvry, Manzoor H. Dar, and Elisabeth Sadoulet) American Economic Review, 2016

Adaptation to climate change: Evidence from US agriculture (with Marshall Burke) American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2016, Awarded 2019 AEJ Policy Best Paper Award

Delinking land rights from land use: Certification and migration in Mexico (with Alain de Janvry, Marco Gonzalez-Navarro and Elisabeth Sadoulet). American Economic Review, 2015

Economic organization and the structure of water transactions (with Dean Lueck). Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 2015

Flood-tolerant rice reduces yield variability and raises expected yield, differentially benefitting socially disadvantaged groups (with Alain de Janvry, Manzoor H. Dar, Elisabeth Sadoulet, and David Raitzer). Scientific Reports 3:3315, 2013