Semi-Periodic Agricultural & Development Economics Research Symposium (SPADERS) – School of Economics Semi-Periodic Agricultural & Development Economics Research Symposium (SPADERS) – School of Economics

Semi-Periodic Agricultural & Development Economics Research Symposium (SPADERS)

Semi-Periodic Agricultural & Development Economics Research Symposium (SPADERS)

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Date & Time – Friday May 19 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location Room 650, Social Sciences Building A02, The University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW 2006

SPADERS Programme

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Agriculture and development are two interconnected and co-evolving fields of economics. This symposium brings together academics with research interests in agricultural and development economics. The event aims to showcase insights from the past to generate ideas for future research. The symposium offers a platform for exchanging ideas and collaborating in advancing the understanding of agricultural and development economics.



Professor Shyamal Chowdhury (University of Sydney)

Shyamal Chowdhury is Professor of Economics at the University of Sydney. His research focusses on the general areas of economic development and agricultural economics. His specific research interests have been the functioning of rural labour and credit markets, the formation of socio-emotional skills in children and adolescents, and technology adoption in developing countries. His work combines original data collection, lab-in-field experiments, and randomized controlled trials.


Associate Professor Ariel Ortiz-Bobea (Cornell University)

Ariel Ortiz-Bobea is an applied economist with interests in agricultural, resource and development economics. His research program is broadly focused on agricultural sustainability issues with particular emphasis on the statistical and econometric evaluation of climate change impacts on agriculture and other sectors of the economy.

Professor Timothy Richards (Arizona State University)

Tim Richards is the Morrison Chair of Agribusiness in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. The focus of his research is quantitative marketing, data analytics, retailing strategy, agricultural labour, and food policy. Prof Richards will present his work on dollar store impact on rural economic activity and labour markets.

Professor Aaron Smith (University of California, Davis)

Aaron Smith is the DeLoach Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis. His research addresses policy, trading and price dynamics in agricultural, energy, and financial markets. In his keynote talk, Prof Smith will share his work on agriculture’s nitrogen legacy.

Dr Ashani Amarasinghe (University of Sydney)

Ashani Amarasinghe’s broad research interests are in the areas of political economy, network empirics, institutions, conflict, and development. Dr Amarasinghe will present her work on political alignment, insurgency, and public safety.


May 19 2023


10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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