I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College, where I also teach development economics (ECON24) and statistics (ECON10). My primary fields are development and environmental economics, with a focus on agricultural trade and structural change. I am on the 2018-19 academic job market and will be at the AEA meetings in Atlanta.
ryan.b.edwards at dartmouth dot edu
JOB MARKET PAPER
This paper measures the impacts of the world’s largest modern agricultural export expansion—that of Indonesian palm oil since 2000—on regional poverty and consumption. Identification exploits geographic differences in suitability for cultivation and rapid growth in global demand. The median expansion led to 2.7 percentage points faster poverty reduction and 4 percent faster consumption growth. Results can be explained by rising returns to labor and land, and indirect effects through investment, fiscal linkages, and public goods. Each percentage point of palm-driven poverty reduction corresponds to a 1.5–3 percentage point loss of forest area.