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Christopher B. Barrett
Cornell University
cbb2@cornell.edu
Chris Barrett is the David J. Nolan Director, Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management, and an International Professor of Agriculture, all at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, as well as a Professor in the Department of Economics and a Fellow of the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, all at Cornell University. He holds degrees from Princeton (A.B., History, 1984), Oxford (M.S., Development Economics, 1985) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (dual Ph.D., Economics and Agricultural Economics, 1994).  Professor Barrett has published or in press 14 books and more than 260 journal articles or book chapters. These works have attracted more than 17,000 citations, according to Google Scholar. He has been principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on more than $28 million in extramural research grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the National Science Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Rockefeller Foundation, USAID, and various other corporate, foundation, government agency and non-governmental organisation sponsors.  He has supervised more than 60 graduate students and post-docs, many of whom are now on leading faculties and in research institutes worldwide. He served as editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics from 2003-2008, edits the Palgrave Macmillan book series Agricultural Economics and Food Policy, and is presently an associate editor or editorial board member of the African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, the Egerton (Kenya) Journal of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, the European Review of Agricultural Economics, Food Security, the Journal of African Economies, the Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, the Journal of Development Studies and World Development. He is Chair-Elect of the International Section of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and previously served as President of the Association of Christian Economists and on a variety of boards. He has won several university, national and international awards for teaching, research and public outreach, and is an elected Fellow of both of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and of the African Association of Agricultural Economists. He and his wife, Clara, have five children and live in Lansing, NY. 

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Articles By Christopher B. Barrett
Politics and MNREGA: A limited Link in Andhra Pradesh
Posted On: 19 Nov 2014


The Ministry of Rural Development claims that MNREGA needs to be changed in order to reduce politics and corruption in the scheme. One of the studies cited by the Ministry is an analysis of the extent of political manipulation of MNREGA funds in Andhra Pradesh. In this column, the authors of the study assert that while politics may influence programme expenditure in some places and to a small extent, this is not universally true and does not undermine the effective targeting and good work of the scheme at large.
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